Strained Relations

Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens

Parents Sending Teen to Therapeutic School

Posted by Marcia on December 5, 2009

I received an email from a parent of a 16-year-old son. They’d had enough of his lying, stealing, mouthing off, disrespect, trouble-making at home and at school, his drug and alcohol use. They found a therapeutic school via an educational consultant, and this boy will be picked up tonight by escorts who will take him to the school.

The parents had to reach a point where they were desperate to turn their son’s life around and they needed to protect themselves, too. This is a difficult decision, filled with fear, concern, anger and resignation. There’s a certain relief they feel that they know where he’ll be, but they’re very anxious about the upcoming scene when he’s taken and the words they’re sure to hear.

This family isn’t wealthy and they’re using savings and family loans to get their son on a better path. Please keep them in your thoughts.

If you have had a similar experience, you can share anonymously here.

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