First of all. What does your teen problem child rehabilitation mean? Dictionary.com defines rehabilitation. “To restore to a condition of good health.” Because rehabilitation comes in many forms. We’re not talking about rehabilitation after a broken leg. Or rehabilitation from a stroke. We’re focusing on rehabilitation of your teenager’s character and soul. As a result. Your teen leads a happy, joyous and life free of drugs and alcohol.

Assess your teen problem child

To determine your teen’s health. How they’ve changed. From great. Or good. To bad. Or really bad. And to be fair and accurate. Let’s assess both your teenage son and daughter. Physically. Emotionally. Outside. Then inside. As a result. You have evidence. What kind of rehabilitation is necessary.  To restore them to a condition of good health.

Physical and emotional rehabilitation

Let’s start looking at your problem child physically. Your teenage son. And teenage daughter. Most noteworthy. Look at their extreme change in physical appearance. Start with clothing. From light. Colorful. Reds. Yellows. Greens. Maybe even preppy. To gangsta or goth. Black shirts. Tops. Black leather jackets. Baggy jeans. Below the waist. Chains. Biker boots. Stiletto heels.

In addition. Look at their bodies. Outside. More extreme change. From healthy. Bright-eyed. Clean-scrubbed. To bloodshot. Sunken eyes. Tattoos. Piercings. Black spiked hair.  His scruffy unshaven stubble. She’s caked in layers of Goth makeup.

Most compelling evidence. Inside what’s happening? From toned. Athletic. Conditioned.  To loss of 20 to 40 pounds. Most noteworthy. Skeletal. Bad breath. Bruises. Chain smoking. Cigarettes. Probably marijuana. Or even worse heroin. Extreme emergency. Physical rehabilitation needed. Imperative.

Before physical changes start to appear. Your problem child teenage son and daughter. Start to change inside. Mentally. Emotionally. Sometimes slowly. Often dramatically. From happy and engaging. To angry. And sullen. Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde.  

Open. Honest. Engaging. To closed. Argumentative. Obnoxious. Manipulative. Lies. Sneaky. Hard to believe. What’s happened to your babies? Who are these strangers? These monsters?

Schoolwork hits bottom. From all A’s and B’s. To D’s and F’s. Drops out of football. Cheer-leading. Chorus. Clubs. College prep courses. Tardiness. Skipping school.Calls from teachers. Counselors. Meetings with the principal. Finally expelled. Mental rehabilitation?  Seems like something out of a textbook. Or a doctor’s prescription. What’s the right word?  Rehab.  That’s it. 

Parent Goal:

Be on guard. Every day. God gave you. Two eyes. Two ears. And only one mouth. Cut back small talk. Idle chatter. Look and listen for changes. Pay attention to slight, simple changes. Catch them when you first notice them. Then ask open-ended questions.  “What’s happening?”  “What’s new?”  “What’s troubling you?”  “How can we help you?” Be respectfully persistent. And always remember, “I love you and I’m here for you.”

 


    1 Response to "Your Teen Problem Child Needs Immediate Rehabilitation"

    • Charles Lewis

      Great article, Jack. I think parents across the country will benefit greatly from your words of wisdom. I like what you say. Parents to tell their children “I love you.” Not said enough. A great reminder that this special phrase is not limited to your spouse or significant other.

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