How do you know if your child is going through an adolescent phase, or if his out-of-control behavior is here to stay? My teenager will grow out of it. Perhaps friends or relatives have assured them with these words. And our media and some counselors may even tell them that what their child is doing is normal. Parents are bombarded with information—but not all of it is effective for their child.
What Is a PINS Petition?
When teenagers engage in extreme behaviors, parents should seek help from their pediatrician and local mental health professionals. Sometimes, though, a teen's misconduct is so extreme or has been an ongoing problem for so long that his or her parents can no longer manage and feel they have no recourse but to order him or her out of the home. No parent takes a step like that without a good deal of agonizing and soul searching. Most do so out of the sincere belief that it is in the best interest of the family, particularly siblings, and ultimately may serve as an incentive for their child to receive the professional help he or she needs—be it psychiatric care , a drug-rehabilitation program or some other form of treatment—and turn around his or her life. A minor cannot simply be "thrown out of the house. The process may vary somewhat from one state to another. Typically, before filing, the parents and child must meet with a representative of a government social-service agency, who attempts to resolve the family crisis and keep the case out of court.
Normal Teen Behaviors
Does it seem like no matter how hard you try to discipline your child, they just become more rebellious and have turned into an out of control teenager? Rebellious youth are more likely to become at-risk for getting expelled from school, or worse — becoming incarcerated by the Juvenile Justice System. Our therapeutic boarding school has separate outdoor wilderness campuses for boys and girls , with our educational campus in the center. We use outdoor therapy since the greatest opportunity for character and educational growth happens once feelings of entitlement are diminished. We know your child…we really do. Through 20 years working with difficult and rebellious teenagers, we know what you are going through with your out of control teenager.
This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. As a psychotherapist who works with teenagers, I see out of control teenagers daily. I also see parents who feel overwhelmed and are not sure what to do. Sometimes I even see parents who are so overwhelmed that they are willing to let the teenager have their way. This is a very dangerous attitude. If a teenager is out of control, the best time to act is when they are teenagers.