How To Detach Christmas Presents From A Difficult Teen’s Bad Behavior?

Over the years, parents have been alternately lauded and lambasted for using Christmas presents as a tool to ensure good behavior. Since the whole myth of Santa Claus backs up the “be nice or no presents” tactic, it can be tough for parents not to indulge in a few present-related consequences. But when it comes […]

3 Excellent Candidates For Attending A Residential Treatment Center For Teens

There is a variety of programs available to help struggling teenagers, so it can be tough for parents to determine which program is the right one to help their child. One program in particular which has a high success rate in helping teen change are residential treatment centers, so many parents wonder if this is […]

5 Ways To Tell Your Teen They’re Loved Without Speaking

Your actions as a parent really do speak louder than words, especially with prickly teenagers who seem to be ready to take offense every time you open your mouth. To help find ways to communicate your love to your teen without speaking, here are 5 ways you can help your teen feel loved. 1. Leave […]

Treating Teens With Suicidal Ideation

No parent wants to imagine that their teen may be contemplating suicide, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third leading cause of death among children ages 10-24. Even more teens struggle with suicidal ideation, leading to hundreds of thousands attempted suicides a year. Yet even with that […]

Help Your Teen Now No Longer Recommends Youth Boot Camps For Behavior Modification

Over the years, we’ve learned more about the psychology of adolescents and troubled teens in particular. Once, the prevailing wisdom was that a teen with behavioral issues could be set on the right course through brief immersion in a program emphasizing military-style structure and authority. Most experts now agree this tough approach fails to address […]

Preventing Teen Violence Starts At Home And Is Aided By The Community

Many troubled teens are violence-prone, a fact underscored by some sobering statistics. The second and third leading cause of death among adolescents age 15 to 19 are suicide and homicide, respectively. A teen’s violent tendencies can be exacerbated if other factors are at play, such as: Being bullied Drug or alcohol abuse Early childhood abuse […]

Parenting Resources For Difficult Teens

Parenting is a tough gig, and it can get even tougher when your child is in their teenage years when raging hormones and crushing social pressure make “normal” a moving target. You’re going to need some resources providing straight talk on the pleasures and pitfalls of raising a healthy adolescent. Fortunately, a number of websites […]

Celebrating Thanksgiving With Teens At A Therapeutic Boarding School

If your teen is going to be still attending a therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens or you are considering sending your teen away before the holidays begin, it may be tough to know how to celebrate Thanksgiving. As your parental advocate and expert on troubled teen programs, we parents here at Help Your Teen […]

Avoiding Boot Camps as a Form Of Treatment For Your Aggressive Teen Son

When a teen starts to act out aggressively, it can seem like a natural conclusion to send the troubled teen away to a youth boot camp. That way, the militaristic discipline can “straighten them out” for the parents. However, this plan can often backfire and return the teen home with amplified aggressive behaviors. Boot Camps […]

Experts No Longer Recommend Youth Boot Camps For Behavior Modification

When looking for ways to help your troubled teen change their negative behaviors, you may have come across youth boot camps as a potential solution. However,  many experts have found that not only do boot camps not work but these kinds of programs can actually encourage recidivism (repeated criminal behavior). Boot Camps Are A Short-Term […]

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