First of all. What does Your Teen’s 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 free life.
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 physically. Your teenage son. And teenage daughter. Most noteworthy. Look at extreme change in physical appearance. Start with clothing. From light. Colorful. Reds. Yellows. Greens. Maybe even preppy. To gangsta. 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 Gothic makeup.
Most of all. Inside what’s happening? From toned. Athletic. Conditioned. To 20 to 40 pounds overweight. Obese. Most noteworthy. Under their normal weight. Skeletal. Bad breath. Bruises. Chain smokes. Cigarettes. Probably marijuana. Or even worse heroin. Extreme emergency. Physical rehabilitation. Imperative.
Before physical changes start to appear. Your 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. Meeting 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.
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. Don’t brush off 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?” And always remember, “I love you and I’m here for you.”