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It is normal for a pre-adolescent or adolescent child to push away from parents and want to assert their own authority. That is part of establishing their own identity and is developmentally appropriate. But where do parents draw the line between developmentally appropriate behavior and inappropriate acting out?
Here are a few Warning Signs that indicate the need for intervention:
Does your child treat you with disrespect?
Has your relationship with your child deteriorated?
Are you having trouble getting your child to comply with rules and expectations at home?
Does your child have difficulty managing their emotions appropriately?
Has your child struggled with peer relationships?
Do you see your child falling behind academically and/or not attending school regularly?
Is your child developmentally behind their peers in maturity, social skills and decision-making ability?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to talk to a therapist about how to improve the relationship with your child. If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, you may need a more intensive intervention than counseling. Your child currently may not be making poor choices that are obvious to you, but when they do, you will have difficulty intervening because your authority has already been undermined through their continual disrespect of you and disregard for your rules.
There is nothing more frightening than watching your child spin out of control, and feeling hopeless to stop that process.
At New Leaf Academy, our priority is restoring the parent/child relationship into one of mutual respect, yet with clear lines of parental authority. Once they are at New Leaf Academy, your child can gain a new perspective on her behavior toward you through the stories of other students and the expectations of the staff. They will be able to learn how destructive their behavior was, not just in damaging the parent/child relationship but also in pushing themselves into choices and decisions they were ill-equipped to make. And they will have a clear understanding of how the adults in their life, including their parents, are there to support them, help them and make decisions for them while they learn and grow.
If you are already experiencing many of the problems alluded to in the above questions, don't wait for your child to start making poor choices before you act. You can change the course of your family's future by acting now — before your child is spiraling out of control.