Parents of Struggling Teens, We Know You Feel Lonely & Defeated

Plenty of parents complain about the teenage years, but if you are parenting a troubled teen, it can feel like no one can really understand. Sure, maybe one of your friend’s teenage daughter is dating a scruffy boy that the family doesn’t like—at least they know where their daughter is at. Many parents of troubled […]

Triggers Behind Teenage Self-Harm: Why Teens Cut and What You Can Do

No parent wants to find out that their teen is engaging in self-harm. Unfortunately, in recent years, the number of teens who self-harm—particularly cutting—has risen. There can be many reasons why a teen may engage in self-harm, from emotional turmoil to a form of taking control. If you are looking to help your teen break […]

It’s OK If Your Teen Doesn’t Date in High School

Parents often expect their teens to date in high school. Even parents who prefer that their teens not engage in exclusive relationships often want their teens to participate in group dates. But when a teen isn’t interested in dating, it can be concerning to some parents. Often, the belief is that teens need to date […]

Study Shows Parent’s Tone of Voice Matters

What parents say to their children is clearly important, as it can affect their sense of self-worth, self-esteem, and confidence, leading teens to struggle and potentially engage in troubled behavior to soothe their feelings. But what isn’t as well understood is how parental tone can impact their children. Well, according to a new study from […]

Dealing with Defiant Teens on the Autism Spectrum

Most parents brace for the teenage years and expect a certain amount of parenting struggle. But when a teen is defiant or struggles with a disorder like Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), the difficulty level of raising that teen rises. Add to that a diagnosis of autism, and many parents can feel lost at how to […]

Underdeveloped Teen Brains: A Blessing Too, Not Just A Curse

Often, when adults discuss underdeveloped teenage brains, it’s usually in reference to troubled teen behavior or how teens will engage in poor decision-making. But there can be positives to the fact that teenagers’ brains are still developing. Developing Brains Mean Teens Are More Open To Change The area of the brain that is associated with […]

Teen Vaping is a Massive Concern – But Why

With savvy and aggressive marketing, vaping has cemented a corner of the tobacco industry—an industry that was starting to decline before e-cigarettes hit the scene. While e-cigarettes can be helpful as a part of a smoking cessation program, many teens are picking up vaping as a lifestyle habit all on its own. And, with the […]

Key Aspects to Successful Treatment at a Residential Treatment Center for Troubled Teens

As a resource for parents considering various troubled teen programs, we have talked to many parents who have enrolled their teenagers at least one troubled teen program. These parents are often frustrated, as the program they chose didn’t have the desired impact on their struggling teen. While a good deal of the change is reliant […]

What Makes A Teen Bully

Many adults consider bullying to be a natural part of growing up and often forget that there are future impacts on both the bully and the victim. Thankfully, this attitude is slowly changing, and steps are being taken to help those who are targeted by bullies. But the toughest question to address is this—what turns […]

4 Movies That Got Boot Camps Wrong

When it comes to boot camps for troubled teens, there is a lot of misinformation out there. A good deal of this misinformation is a result of movies that are more focused on entertainment than the truth. So, to help sort fiction from fact, Help Your Teen Now is here to shed some light on […]

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