Teenage boys are prone to trouble, and cutting up in class once in a while or pulling pranks on friends is part of being a kid. However, some kids have more serious behavior problems and these problems could negatively impact their education and their future. If you’re the parent of a trouble teenage boy, you may not know exactly what to do to help your son succeed in school and their social life. While it can be difficult, there are some things you can do to help. Use these tips to encourage your son to clean up his act in a positive, nurturing fashion.
Talk with Your Child’s School
Before you can really help your son to get their problems under control you’ll need to understand how they are acting out. To do that, you’ll likely need to sit down with your child’s teachers and school administrators that are aware of the behavior. Of course you might notice problems at home, and those should be dealt with too, but problems at school can result in suspensions and expulsions that could hold your child back academically.
Make appointments with teachers and administrators as soon as possible.
Talk to Your Child
If your child has an anger problem or seems depressed, talking to them about why they are acting out can seem nearly impossible. However, it is something that you absolutely need to try and do if you want to help your teenage son. Even if they aren’t responsive the first time you try to talk to them it’s important to continue the conversation and let them know that they can always come to you with issues.
Severe emotional problems may require counseling, but getting the conversation started at home is very important.
Give Your Teen Space
It might sound counterintuitive, but teenagers are becoming adults that need their own identity. When your child is acting out, trying to talk and fix the problems can help, but you shouldn’t talk about it 24 hours per day. Let your son have some space as long as what they’re doing isn’t problematic. Listening to music at home, watching movies or simply needing some alone time is fine.
Consider Boarding School
Sending your children away from home isn’t what you want to do as a parent, but sometimes it’s the best thing for your child. There are Christian boarding schools for troubled boys that are designed to offer academics, counseling, communication courses and one-on-one mentorship to help boys succeed. A special school for troubled boys could be the last resort, but it could save your child’s life and help them turn into a responsible, productive and happy adult.