6/21/17

So Your Teen Messed Up, But How Should You Handle It?


By on 6/21/2017 12:10:00 PM


As a parent, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Not only are you the there to raise your children and make sure they’re taken care of, but you also want to be able to protect your kids in any way that you can. It’s only natural. But as they start to grow up and become a teen, you can be unsure on how to do that for the best. And sometimes, you find that your teen messed up - even if it’s through no fault of your own. But, how do you handle it? Depending on what your kid did, and how they are handling it themselves, you should be able to come to the right resolution.

Got A Bad Grade.  First up, when your kid messes up in school, what do you do? Now, you may see this as something small, or it could be a huge problem - that will depend on your attitude to education and the expectations you have, and how bad the mess up actually is. But, getting a bad grade can cause a problem. If they slacked off without you knowing, you can feel frustrated, so you may need to take action. Or, if grade(s) are down due to stress or an honest, academic struggle, you might want to talk to them about how they’re feeling and/or consider a tutor.

  
Took Drugs.  Then there’s every parent’s worst nightmare of your kid getting messed up in drugs. It’s not easy to handle, but how you act will depend on how mixed up your kid is. If they smoked pot once and you caught them, you may need to talk to them about the reasons not too. Or, if it’s worse, you may need to get professional intervention.

Broke Your Rules.  Sometimes, you can feel so disappointed in your teen when they break the house rules. You set rules for a reason, and they weren’t made to be broken - so you can often take their breach more to heart compared to other problems. Whether they break curfew a few times, or even treating their siblings in a poor way, you’re going to want to decide on a course of action that will make them see why their actions were wrong.


Committed A Crime.  And where are you even meant to start when you discover that your child has committed a crime? It can knock you for six, but if your teen steals something, gets in a fight, or is even gets landed with a DUI, you may need to get a lawyer like Grant Scheiner to help you out of the sticky situation. Sometimes, their actions (and the effects) are strong enough to shock them, so you only have to let the consequences set their actions right.

Got Pregnant.  And finally, when you have a daughter, you can often have that worry that they’re going to get pregnant as a teen. Coping might not be easy, but if you discover that your teenage daughter is pregnant, you’re going to need to stay calm and talk. A Lot.  You need to be understanding and listen to what she wants, as well as be able to discuss her realistic options with kindness and honesty.


About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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