Support Groups to Help Parents of Troubled Teens - Re-Creation Retreat
By Craig Rogers
Some parents have teens that are battling with depression, drugs and/or abusive behavior. Parent support groups have great potential for helping parents of troubled teens understand and identify with other parents who are struggling with similar issues. To look for other parents please look into Re-Creation Retreat. Re-Creation Retreat is a therapuetic boarding school for troubled teens. Please look into Re-Creation Retreats website to contact our services.
If issue’s become too great to handle on your own please call one of our family communication specialist to discuss various options that are available to parents. Using established channels such as Zion Educational Service, parents of troubled teens can find the support and re-assurance that they to need in addition to their young adult. A parent can reach one of our child placing specialists at 1-(888)-597-9495.
Benefits of Parent Support Groups
Parents who struggle with a troubled teenage son's or daughter's negative behavior often become frustrated and eventually distance themselves from their teen and others in their own peer group. Feelings of insecurity and isolation may also stem from the inability, for various reasons, to receive help from family or other close support networks. Sharing their parenting struggles relating to their troubled young adult with a group that specifically addresses the issues at hand (as opposed to a traditional Sunday School class or group of friends) can help meet needs of such parents.
Youth ministry is a natural provider of support for parents. Reaching out through the use of, Zion Educational Service, we can meet the needs of these parents and enrich youth ministry as a whole in the following ways:
- Discovery groups bring an increasing sense of perspective in parenting teens. Parents often feel that today's teenage life is extremely different from their own teenage life. Though the technology and language may have changed, the issues are essentially the same. The clear perspective allows parents to move toward constructive alternatives in responding to negative behaviors.
- Discovery groups allow parents to explore the complexities of the teen world in the company of other parents. Parents can share insights about what they have learned about raising teens in a post-Christian society. What they discover about the teen world from other parents will better equip them in relating to their own children.
- Discovery groups allow parents to learn techniques that have been tried by other parents. The group members discussed what has worked for them in the past and why other things don't work at all. Creativity and past experiences of group members can give parents new direction in handling discipline, curfews, dating and other difficult issues.
- Discovery groups can provide much needed encouragement. Parents may not have an existing support system (extended family or spouse) to provide encouragement through tough times and cheer successes when they come. Without it, parents may give up altogether on the teen or may not recognize the success within the arguments that often come with being consistent with consequences for negative behavior.
- Discovery groups allow parents and the youth ministry ad a whole to reach out in ministering to other struggling parents. The group can be an open door for others in the community searching for parental support. Eventually, those people could become active in other areas of church life. The group can be a mechanism for reaching out to a population of pre-Christians who may not respond to other forms of evangelism.
As parents there are a variety of options available to get support with dealing with troubled teens such as using parenting groups, talking with church members, or calling support groups for struggling teens. One of our family representatives would be more than happy to assist you in any way possible, do not hesitate to call at anytime at (888) 597-9495.