As parents, we have the hardest job anyone has ever done. We bring our children into the world and do our best to teach them right from wrong. We know that one day they will spread their wings an d fly solo. Unfortunately some of the youth today reach a fork in the road and do not know which way to go. They fall prey to peer pressure and sometimes get caught up in things they shouldn’t be doing. Drugs and alcohol can play a part in young children when they get into the wrong crowd.
How do you know when to seek help? Have you reached your limit but you do not want to give up on your child? Many parents feel like failures when children go down the wrong path when they get to that fork in the road. Some will just ignore the problems, not wanting to see that their child needs help. Behavior problems in the youth of today do not need to go without treatment. Keep the lines of communication open with your child. The youth of today need to know that they are loved unconditionally but that there are limits as to what they can do. They need to learn that there are consequences for their actions.
Look for signs or changes in the youths behavior such as violent outburst for no apparent reason. They may no longer be able to cope with simple tasks, they will be easily aggravated and lash out at family and friends. They may be destructive to them selves or to others property. Look for signs that may show they have a disorder, perhaps they are overly hyper or have trouble concentrating in school. Your first step in getting help should be a medical evaluation. Many illnesses or disorders in youth can go un noticed. Remember, early detection of such issues and problems is the best defense.