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Parent Support Groups


Parent Support Groups

Parents frequently ask about parent support groups.  As a national organization it’s impossible for us to know about local parent support groups around the country.

Support groups can be a great place to speak with other parents that are going through the same frustrations and stress you are going through with your teenager.

It is comforting to know you are not alone in this journey.

If your therapist is unaware of support groups, sometimes your library or local colleges will have a listing of them.  You may also want to check with your community center.  In some areas the local sheriff’s department will have this information.

Another place is the Internet.  If you have an adopted child, Adopted Families has different online support groups (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Organizations such as NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) offers discussion groups if you feel this is something that could be beneficial to you.

If you are considering a therapeutic boarding school, residential treatment center or any type of residential therapy, it’s a major decision — both financially and emotionally.  It’s good to have opinions from others that have been there before you.

Keep in mind if you have already started your search for residential therapy, speaking to parents that have had their teen in that school or program is also beneficial.  As we offer in our parent tips, always try to ask for parent references from your geographical area. You never know when you will be able to meet with a family in person that has recently attended a program you are considering.

We have been in your shoes.  Contact us for more information, resources and tips on researching residential therapy if you are undecided.  It’s important to feel confident in your decision.

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    The Stress of Online LearningEveryone is waiting for 2020 to be over, but probably no one is more anxious than teenagers and their parents.

    The spike in calls from parents that are completely exhausted from not only their daily parenting chores -- now they are managing educating their teen that is completely shutting down. It’s been a very difficult time between isolating from friends (and some family), forcing kids to wear masks (it’s just not their thing), and requiring them to social distance - which is really a hardship for them.

    Behavioral issues are spiraling and if they were having trouble before this pandemic, it is 100 times worse now.

    Defiance, disrespect, anger and rage

    Has your teen become defiant? Disrespecting you and your family? Do you feel like you’re walking on eggshells? Do they become explosive when you ask them to do something?

    You’re not alone.

    Let’s review ways to help.

    Things to avoid with teenage disrespect and defiance

    Arguing rarely works for parents or teenagers. When we get angry, we can say things we don’t mean. A more effective approach is to give yourself and your child some time to calm down.

    If you’re angry or in the middle of an argument, it will be hard to calmly discuss what you expect of your child. A more effective approach is to tell your child that you want to talk, and agree on a time.

    Being defensive is very rarely useful. Try not to take things personally. It might help to remind yourself that your child is trying to assert their independence.

    Even though you have more life experience, lecturing your child about how to behave is likely to turn them off listening. If you want your child to listen to you, you might need to spend time actively listening to your child.

    Nagging isn’t likely to have much effect. It might increase your frustration, and your child will probably just switch off.

    Sarcasm will almost certainly create resentment and increase the distance between you and your child.

    When to be concerned about teen defiance:

    If your child’s attitude towards you and your family doesn’t respond to any of the strategies suggested above, it might be a warning sign that there’s a deeper problem.

    You might also be worried if:

    there are changes in your child’s attitude or mood

    your child withdraws from family, friends or usual activities

    grades are dropping, underachieving in school

    loss of interest in his favorite activities (sports, hobbies)

    your child runs away from home or stops going to school regularly.

    If you’re concerned about your child’s behavior, here are some things you can do:

    Consider seeking professional support – good people to talk to include school counselors (most are still available - online), teachers and adolescent therapist.

    Discuss the issue as a family, and try to work out ways of supporting each other.

    Talk to other parents and find out what they do.

    If you are still struggling with your teen, it might be time to consider a therapeutic boarding school. It’s important to educate yourself on the choices you have - since you basically have a good teen making bad choices, and you don’t want to place them out of their element.

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