Even though all parents are former tweens and teens, it’s sometimes impossible to understand what kids are up to, much less interpret what they say or do. And let’s face it – their world doesn’t look a whole lot like ours did. Kids are growing up in an increasingly complicated world. And unfortunately, they don’t always know how to respond to the pressures and opportunities 21st century life present.

When problems develop, parents often get stuck in power struggles or in ineffective parenting patterns.

We get it. We can help.

How to know when your tween or early teen needs more help than you can give them:

  • sudden drop in grades
  • problems in school
  • age-inappropriate change in clothing choices
  • age-inappropriate sexualized behavior (eg: sexting)
  • withdrawal from family members
  • refusal to participate in social activities
  • refusal to participate in formerly enjoyable activities, such as sports
  • sudden change in friendship choices
  • extreme use of video games or other electronics
  • change in eating habits and unhealthy relationship with food
  • poor body image
  • self-hatred
  • drug or alcohol use
  • chronic lying
  • cutting or self harming behaviors
  • stealing or other criminal behavior
  • harming animals or younger siblings
  • suicidal ideation or attempts

Parenting a tween or teen is difficult enough even when your kid isn’t developing serious issues. But help IS a phone call away. If you are struggling with your tween or teen, help is a phone call away!