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6 Warning Signs When You Should Intervene with Your Teenager

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6 Warning Signs of When you Should Intervene with Your Teenager

Raising A Teenager? 6 Warning Signs Of When To Intervene

by Brionna Kennedy

When your teenage child begins acting out, being a parent can seem like an impossible job. Knowing what signs to look for when you suspect you’re raising a troubled teen can help you make the right decisions in order to keep your family safe and happy.

Emotional Cues

If your child seems withdrawn or especially emotional, try to pay close attention. Any kind of emotional outbursts, even extreme happiness, could be a sign of severe issues. If something is out of the ordinary, try to talk to your teenager about it. If your child seems particular depressed or talks about suicide, contacting a professional is often your best course of action.

Social Interaction

Many teenagers fall in with “bad crowds,” but how do you know the difference between friends that could affect your child’s well being and kids that are just rough around the edges? Instead of having to contact a lawyer for criminal defense after your child breaks the law with so-called bad kids, make an effort to get to know their friends. When friends come over, encourage them to come inside so you can learn more about them and their parents.

The Loner

We all need time alone, but if your teen seems to spend an excessive amount of solo time or doesn’t have any friends, this may be cause for alarm. Some teens are simply socially awkward and grow out of being withdrawn from their peers with time, but often loners become resentful towards their peer group and sometimes depressed about their situation.

Acts of Violence

Fighting among peers and siblings happens occasionally. However, acts of extreme violence, or excessive bullying should be addressed immediately. The habits you form in your teen years are ones you will carry with you throughout your adult life. It is important to learn how to express yourself in a socially acceptable manor.

School Troubles

Slipping grades can often be a sign that your child is having other issues. While one failed class is not a big deal, if your child is consistently bringing home bad grades in every subject, there could be underlying problems at school or with friends that you don’t know about. Remember to never accuse your teen of anything. Try to form a relationship with them through their teen years and be able to openly communicate with them about the problems, what could happen if you don’t get them taken care of and then maybe brainstorm some proactive ideas together.

Changing Eating Habits

Make note of differences in your teen’s eating habits. If they seem like they eat far too little, are hiding food or have rapid changes in weight, they may be dealing with an eating disorder or other mental illness. Food and nutrition can often be a battle for many children because of societal pressure to be attractive.

Often families are wrapped up in the daily grind of life leaving someone struggling without anyone else noticing. Whatever issues your teen might be facing, the best way to help them is to keep the lines of communication open.

Brionna KennedyBrionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

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