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Out of control teenagers. Do you have one in your home?

Turn your speakers UP!

Are you afraid of your own child?

Are you unsure of what to do next? Keep reading for more answers concerning out of control teens.

While there is no magic bullet when it comes to handling an out of control teenager, there are definitely some concrete things you can do to bring calm back into your home.

  • Take a look at your schedule.

What is your teen's schedule and what is yours? Do they ever mesh?

Out of control teenagers often SAY they want nothing to do with their parents.

But the real story is often different.

I once had a professional counselor tell me that the #1 thing she heard from her clients -- many of whom were out of control teens -- was that they didn't get to spend enough time with their parents.

One-on-one time. Close, personal time.

This counselor related that these teens often had tears in their eyes as they reported what appeared to them to be rejection on the part of their parents.

Do you think the parents of these troubled teens thought they were rejecting their sons and daughters?

I'll bet not!

Invite yourself into your teen's life. Not as a buddy, but as the incredibly interested parent that you are.

With one of my children, I used to sprawl on his bed while he was hanging out in his room. Just for sporadic chat. Sometimes there was a lot of silence.

What I learned was after 30 minutes he started talking about all kinds of things in his life.

What are you missing in your teen's life?

We get help for out of control teenagers because they can drive us crazy!

And exhaust us.

So, let me ask you. Who are you talking to about your parenting challenges?

You may confide in a qualified therapist, a clergy or other professional. Make sure your values align with whomever you talk to or your conversations will lead to more confusion and frustration instead of relief.

Something that has worked well for me over the years is to find a mentor (or mentors) to come alongside me in my parenting.

Simply look around you and find another parent whose parenting skills you respect. Maybe you can see that they intuitively understand teens and they use parenting skills that you could use, too, if you only knew how.

Or maybe you know another parent that has gone through the same out of control family life you're experiencing and has come out the other side, wiser.

Ask one or two of these parents out for coffee, tell them a bit about what your concerns are as a parent and ask if they would mentor you while you're going through this tough time with your out-of-control teen.

  • Educate yourself on handling an out of control teenager.
==> Be willing to adapt your parenting style to what may work better.

==> Be willing to listen to someone who can help.

==> Invest in resources that can help you raise your teen. Books, tapes, courses, workshops, etc. Get a library card and use it. Yes, some resources will cost you money. Some will not.

The point is that your parenting priorities need to be straight in order for your parenting efforts to bear good fruit.

For example, you may give your teen every electronic gadget he asks for but doesn't need. None of those gadgets, no matter how fun or useful, will help your teen learn respect or make you a better parent. Where could you put even a portion of that money instead that would make a difference in your family life?

What to do with your out of control teenager? It may mean doing some new and hard things in order to move into a position of peace in your home again.

Isn't that worth the effort? What price of money or time or energy can you put on a happy home and a quality relationship with your teenager?

Remember, you can't control your out of control teen, but you can exert an extraordinarily positive and powerful influence in their young life. Do your part and show them the way.

After that, it really is up to your teen.

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