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Intervening with a Troubled Teen

Most parents do the best job they can raising children, but any expert will tell you that it also takes a bit of luck. If you are slowly adapting to increasing behavioral problems of a teenager, don’t dismiss the idea of a professional assessment to help you identify a path to correct defiant or oppositional behavior.

In the 1980s, a worldwide movement of parents helping parents emerged based on a book called Toughlove. Decades later, many of its ideas remain standard fare as tools for helping parents reassert and recapture control over their homes, parenting effectiveness, and a better relationship with their children.

Start by contacting your EAP so they can point you to reputable services and resources, and you may discover some of these assertive principles of the Toughlove movement.

The Life-Work Connections Employee Assistance Program is brought to you by Well-U, helping eligible individuals to assess issues, and provide short-term counseling and referrals.

Source: Toughlove; Phyllis and David York; Bantam; 198

Keith Stein | 5/21/2020

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