“You’re under arrest!”: Crime and Troubled Teens9 votes
You’ve tried everything. Now you watch helplessly as your troubled teenager starts down a path leading to jail, and you wait for that call from the police. There’s been a crime. It finally happened like you thought it would. But this bad news can be good news. This may be the point when things start to turn around.
“Experts estimate that from 40 percent to 70 percent of youth in the juvenile … Continue reading
Why teens run, and what you can do about it14 votes
It’s an emotional shock when your teen runs away the first time. Your feelings are complex: anger at his or her rebelliousness; fear for his or her safety; shame that you may be called a “bad” parent or that your behavior caused your child to run. Runaway teens also have complex reasons for running, and they may or may not be the parents’ fault.
Why they run
Basic teenage … Continue reading
Your troubled child from birth to 18, what to expect and do5 votes
Parents face daily challenges with a troubled child or teen, and easily overlook the future. I know I did. What’s going to happen as they grow and change? What does one plan for? It helped me to hear from parents who had already traveled this path. Based on their experiences, these are some things you can expect–and do–before your child reaches the pivotal age of 18.
Things that protect troubled girls from delinquency1 votes
Both boys and girls get in trouble with the law. Boys are in the majority for arrests for crime, but statistics indicate that girls’ arrests are increasing: “…between 1996 and 2005, girls’ arrest for simple assault increased 24%.” Of 1528 girls studied over a period from 1992 and 2008, 22% committed serious property offenses and 17 % committed serious assaults. (Girls Study Group, U.S. Department of Justice, 2008. www.ojp.usdoj.gov).
Troubled girls easily become criminal, but also risk being a victim
Girls who have behavioral disorders, from addictions or … Continue reading
Gang up on your kids: Parent networks for tracking at-risk children.3 votes
An article in the local paper told the story of a mother who desperately tried to get help for her son to keep him out of a gang. Yet he became a victim of a drive-by shooting and was in intensive care for days, but he lived. In the article, she said something I’m very familiar with; she said other parents never told her what they suspected, nor let her know if her son was at their house when he ran away. Just knowing her son’s whereabouts could have helped her intercept dangerous activities. Like her, I never … Continue reading