Relationship Issues


We learn how to form relationships first in the home. When relationship issues plague communication with our teen children, all areas of home life suffer. More serious consequences emerge when relationship issues fall youths into adulthood. Healthy relationships are built on a solid foundation. There must be honesty between people in order to have a healthy relationship. We are honest with one another so that we may communicate effectively. Being an effective communicator means that both parties understand that the other person is representing them selves in a true fashion. Once honesty is established, trust develops. When two people trust each other they feel safe to be open with each other. That openness is essential to creating a dynamic where each party is able to help the other. Adolescents sometimes feel that being dishonest can cause fewer problems with people they are worried about disappointing, but if they understand that honesty and trust are more important than temporary reactions such as disappointment, everyone benefits. As problems emerged they can be confronted squarely. Finding solutions to the problems facing teens and their families is about having healthy relationships. If you feel that relationship issues are getting in the way of your relationship with your child, Zion Educational Systems (866-471-8759)is available to help.

Failure to develop the skills to maintain strong relationships can have consequences that linger for a lifetime. Later in life, when adolescents get jobs or as they begin careers, they will find that if they are unable to manage their relationships that they will be passed over for many opportunities. People need to be able to trust and rely upon others. The key to this dynamic is an open exchange based on trust and honesty. These traits must be emphasized in adolescent development. At home, adolescents must feel safe to be open and honest with their parents. At school, teens need to communicate well with their teachers. Teachers who believe that students are putting in their best effort and letting them know when they need help are more inclined to look out for the best interest of that student. Among their peers, honesty helps develop strong friendships. The skill of maintaining good friendships is how we practice for all of the other relationships we will have in other areas of our lives.

Finding Help With Relationship Issues

If you believe that your teen's relationship issues are getting in the way of their social development, you can turn to Zion Educational Systems (866-471-8759) for help. Zion Educational Systems can help parents develop strategies to deal with relationship issues in teens, in the home and also at school. There are schools that are especially well suited to teens with relationship issues, and Zion Educational Systems can help parents learn more about those as well.


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Wilderness Therapy

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