How to Parent Troubled Teens

Lisa Bunnage, Parenting Coach, discusses parenting troubled teens.

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Lisa Bunnage, Parenting Coach, discusses parenting troubled teens.
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Featuring Lisa Bunnage, Parenting Coach How to Parent Troubled Teens

Duration: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Signs to watch out for that your teenager's going down a really dangerous path is when they become more isolated from you.

If they were at one time telling you everything and all of a sudden they're not talking, that's a bit of a red flag. Also if they have different friends, that's another red flag.

If their marks of course in school that's a really obvious one, if they're changing and going down, then that's another red flag. So you want to watch out for these things and you always want to be kind of watching them.

Don't just assume that they're okay, because teenagers are very emotional creatures and they're going through an awful lot, and it's up to you as parents to be watching them and guiding them if you feel they're going in the wrong direction.

If you feel that are your teenagers are, let's say that they might be doing drugs or you fear they are, don't even hesitate to ask them and ransack their bedroom if you have to. Tell them you're going to do that, and say “I will do anything I have to to keep you safe.”

And the message you're sending is that “I'm going to be involed, I'm going to keep you safe, I love you and I'm going to make sure that you're okay.”

If you're concerned that your teenager's going down the wrong path, you should go to the school and talk to the school counselor, because they may have information there about your child that you don't even know about, and then you can start to piece things together.

Presenter: Ms. Lisa Bunnage, Counselor, Coquitlam, BC

Local Practitioners: Counselor

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