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April 2010

Warning Signs of Struggling Teens

by Staff, on at risk, at risk youth, at risk youth blog, risk youth, Struggling Teens, teen behavior, troubled teen, troubled teenagers, warning sign, Warning Signs, Warning Signs of Struggling Teens

There are plenty of stories that have a sad ending and most of them are followed by comment like, “We didn’t even see it coming.” I hear that a lot, you hear that a lot, but that is not true, maybe they really didn’t see it coming, but that was the parents fault. Every single troubled teenager, every single struggling teenager shows warning signs, and not just one but dozens of them. The role of a parent is not just to put food on the table and to take care of bills and medical expenses; the primary role of a parent is to take care of his child and to bring him on the right track. The only way to do that is to be involved with your teen child, that way you will be able to notice those signs when they appear. Let’s take a look at the most common warning sign troubled teenagers show.

There can be numerous signs at the same time and it can still be considered a normal teenage behavior, after all they are in that age, but if there are four or five of these signs and if they are continuing to show over a longer period of time, then it is time to take some action. The most common warning signs a troubled teen will show are school problems such as dropping grades, loss of interest, refusing to comply with rules and acting like a rebel. Those are just a few signs that can be related to school, but they can also relate to every aspect of life. I am pointing these few signs out first because a teacher will be most likely one of the first ones to notice these signs. Some kids will act obediently at home while they will show their different side when in school amongst other children.

Of course there are always mood swings, isolation, violent temper, changing of friends, anxiety and depression. Even more troubling are drug and alcohol abuse or even violent behavior, which can manifest in a teenager if you lose track of his or hers behavior. Teen behavior is something that will always be changing, that is something we as parents need to live with, but the fact is that we need to notice the one mood swing that is out of the ordinary, after all parenting a troubled or normal teenager is the same on one account, that is a 24/7 obligation that we simply can’t afford to mess up, for ours and for their own good.

You also need to pay attention to one more thing, when you are keeping a close eye on your teen child, don’t be pushy, it is very important to be authoritative but with composition. You don’t want to be the person that drove your own child into seclusion and isolation which can lead to many of the above mentioned issues. Staff