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It is normal for a pre-adolescent or adolescent child to push away from parents and want to assert her own authority. That is part of establishing her 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 on the parent/child relationship:
Does your daughter treat you with disrespect?
Has your relationship with your daughter deteriorated?
Are you having trouble getting your daughter to comply with rules and expectations at home?
Does your daughter have difficulty managing her emotions appropriately?
Has your daughter struggled with peer relationships?
Do you see your daughter falling behind academically and/or not attending school regularly?
Is your daughter developmentally behind her 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 counselor about how to improve the relationship with your daughter. If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, you may need a more intensive intervention than counseling. Your daughter currently may not be making poor choices that are obvious to you, but when she does, you will have difficulty intervening because your authority has already been undermined through her continual disrespect of you and disregard for your rules.
There is nothing more frightening than watching your daughter 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 she is at New Leaf Academy, your daughter can gain a new perspective on her behavior toward you through the stories of other girls and the expectations of the staff. She will be able to learn how destructive her behavior was, not just in damaging the parent/child relationship but also in pushing herself head-long into choices and decisions she was ill-equipped to make. And she will have a clear understanding of how the adults in her life, including her parents, are there to support her, help her and make decisions for her while she learns and grows.
If you are already experiencing many of the problems alluded to in the above questions, don't wait for your daughter to start making poor choices before you act. You can change the course of your family's future by acting now — before your daughter is spiraling out of control.