You also have realized they really don't care much about their education at all!
Unfortunately I hear this more and more from parents today. We have extremely intelligent children capable of getting A's and not working up to their academic potential. What is going on?
Teens that would rather either just get a GED or some that want to quit school all together! Years ago that wouldn't even cross our minds -but today these kids don't recognize the importance of an education.
Especially in today's financial world.
Some parents are also dealing with their smoking marijuana. Some just brush it under the table and say that it is the same as when the were kids. Well, it isn't. Pot today can be far more lethal than it was generations prior.
Whether you are parent that is feeling hostage in their own home or a parent that feels their teen is heading down a dark path, you now have determined you need outside help there are steps that every parents needs to take.
I always tell parents that they need to exhaust all local avenues. Short of your teen being 17+ years old, (since at that age you only have 12 months to do something - and do it quickly) - you have options to start with.
Local therapy, support groups, community centers, youth groups and youth pastors, sometimes sending your teens to live with a relative, changing schools.... these are all options that may work. Sadly - many times they don't - which is when you have to face it is time for residential therapy.
As you get online you have to be so careful of all these wonderful, colorful websites - tearful testimonials - slick sales reps and toll free numbers to God knows where. Remember, this is your child you are searching for, not a car.
I created Parents' Universal Resource Experts, Inc (P.U.R.E.) exactly for parents in need - parents that have reached their wit's end and don't know where to turn. On my site you will even find helpful hints in researching schools and programs and questions to ask.
I urge parents to read my story - when I struggled with my own teen daughter and the mistakes I made.
Remember, this is a major financial and emotional decision - take your time and make an educated decision.
Join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter for more information and educational articles on parenting today's teenagers.