My Young Adult Teen Needs Help
Just because your teen has turned 18 doesn’t necessarily mean they are an adult.
Failure to launch is an epidemic that affects young adults the world over. Recent studies suggest that over half of young adults 18-29 still live at home with their parents, with a vast majority of these adult children facing failure to launch syndrome.
As a matter of fact, I have spoken with many parents and explained that if they are having issues at 14, 15 and 16 — when 18 rolls around, it can seem like an earthquake. The problem is, teens believe they are an adult, yet their actions are still screaming child!
Since March of 2020 we have seen a spike in teen depression, anxiety, and stress. Remote and online learning is affecting our young people’s mental wellbeing in many ways. The isolation from friends and family as well as the lack of socialization and feelings of loneliness has left many parents feeling helpless.
There are excellent young adult programs that can inspire, encourage and educate your son or daughter.
These programs offer structured support, typically education in accordance to what their needs are (whether they need to get their high school diploma or start college courses), life skills as well as coping skills, mentor-ship, enrichment and wellness programs to help them lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Some offer the therapeutic component as well as ongoing medical care if your child needs this.
The biggest hurdle can be convincing your son or daughter to attend
Most parents are surprised that it can be easier than they thought. Whether they are facing jail time (usually for a minor offense, but since they are now being charged as an adult, they may have up to 30-days in jail) and they would prefer to enter a young adult program in lieu of incarceration. Most judges are very agreeable to this, as we well know, the jails are full.
Maybe your son or daughter are done sofa surfing with their friends and family?
If you are at your wit’s end, your son or daughter may be left with no other options. You can offer them a young adults program as an alternative to you assisting them in the next phrase of their life.
You are only asking for 90 days. Most kids can digest 90 days. What happens in these 90 days can be transforming as they start feeling good about themselves again.
The fact is, your child might also simply be exhausted of being sad and lonely and be willing to try a program. We always encourage parents to talk to other parents and ask them how they convinced their young adult to make this decision. It can give you great insights to help you help your son or daughter.
Life skills programs for young adults
Maybe your young adult is not college ready or college material but has a trade they are passionate about? Could it be mechanics, esthetician, personal trainer, arts, etc – some of these programs offer these internship or mentorship programs for the young adults to help inspire them.
These young adult programs range in tuition. If you have PPO insurance, sometimes it will cover a portion of the clinical component of the program — depending on your policy.
Please contact us for more information on young adult programs. The age for these programs are 18-30 years old.