We have all heard the term “troubled teen” before. But, how does a teen get that label? What is it that defines a teen as “troubled?”
In this week’s podcast we will find out why this is and what can be done about it.
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When compared to biblical standards, not to mention the national statistics, and our history, virtually every American teen may be troubled; its really only a matter of degree.
What Makes a Teen Troubled?
Consider the problems teens face in today’s culture virtually everyday:
- Multitasking and overstimulation in media
- An over sexualized culture
- Teen cutting and suicide
- A 50% divorce rate in homes
- Absent fathers
- Drugs and violence
Should I Protect My Child from the Culture?
Our kids will have plenty of opportunities to mess up by virtue of our culture. We don’t need to purposely expose them to the sinful vices and temptations of our culture just to test their allegiance to Truth, righteousness, and the person of Jesus Christ.
In today’s culture, we will never be able to shelter our teens enough not to find ample opportunity for them to be tested.
However, to allow them to do things that are “accidents waiting to happen;” like unchaperoned dating, unrestricted video games, movies and media, and unfiltered Internet access, can exasperate your child.
How Do I Know if My Teen is Troubled?
While most teens today could be categorized, to one degree or another, as “troubled,” some situations will require professional help.
At Shepherds Hill Academy, we work directly with families in crisis with troubled teens.
So, how can you determine if your child may be in need of residential care or another form of professional care?
We provide free access to our assessment. This will help you identify some of the red flags.
Some signs and symptoms may include:
- Refuses to abide by anything you request and puts your family at risk
- Marked change in behavior
- Teen is becoming increasingly disrespectful
- Profound and blatant rebellion
- Veiled and outright threats of cutting and suicide
- A harm to animals
- Narcissism: teen thinks he is the center of the universe
- Counseling is not effective
Conversation Starter: What are some obstacles your family is facing while raising your teen in today’s culture?