How many times do you blame negative behavior on the friends they are hanging with, since your teen would never act like this? (Not my Kid)
How long do you continue to allow your teen to speak to you with disrespect and defiance?
How much is too much?
Let's face it, parenting teens today has become more challenging than years before. Think about your generation. When your parent said to be home at 10:00pm, most were home by 9:50pm. Why? Because we respected our parents. We also knew there would be consequences.
Was that considered tough love? Not really, it was simply following the rules of the house. These simple boundaries seem to have disappeared in many homes.
Is it because there are more single parent households? Is it because most families have both parents working, meaning there is less supervision?
Without a doubt, the level of respect that some teens show today is despicable. No matter what the reason is, your teen is creating tough love - and it gets tougher to love them as they continue to defy us, yet we will always love unconditionally. Could this be why they push our buttons?
Years ago we rarely heard about residential therapy. Today these boarding schools are busting at the seams as teens are learning to appreciate what they had at home. Is residential therapy tough love? No, residential therapy it is about regaining your child back. Tough love can be part of the process.
Visit www.helpyourteens.com for more information for private residential therapy. Here's Help in Florida is resource for South Floridians with at-risk teens.
Be an educated parent, you will have safer and healthier teens.