Are you having complications at home? You don’t know how to deal with your teenager and it’s deteriorating your family’s relationship? If you are wondering where to send troubled youth teens, let’s give you some options.
First of all, we would like to remind you that you’re not alone. Many families in the US and around the world see themselves involved in this type of situation. No one knows how to be a good parent, and even if you do, it becomes harder when your daughter or son reach adolescence.
If you’ve tried looking for help and have come across the idea of sending your teenager somewhere to help them, there are some options that you should consider. Read them, talk with your family and make your decision. We will try to guide you through this process.
Schools, academies and camps
“Where should I send my teenager?” you may ask yourself. These are a few options that often come to mind. They receive kids and teenagers with different purposes; let’s analyze what’s best for you and your family.
Contrary to popular belief, military schools are not for those kids or teenagers with attitude problems or complicated behavior. These schools focus on military training, building an attitude and academic improvement. However, they are strict and don’t provide options such as therapy or rehabilitations. Struggling teens can feel overwhelmed at this type of schools, and get worse.
Boot camps are military style institutions that also focus on behavior and discipline. The goal is to work with the teenager during a certain period (months usually) to make them follow rules, obey the authority and improve behavior in general. Although it sounds good, it may not be the best option for you, since these camps do not have psychological considerations with teenagers, and their approach is harsh, with no chance of understanding anyone’s emotions.
As the name indicates, therapeutic schools are institutions that focus on dealing with the student’s emotions and behavior through therapy and psychological intervention. They provide the help the teenager needs through academic support, individual or group sessions and patience.
For a troubled teen struggling with their emotions, as well as for their parents, the last one is the option that will help improve behavior and the relationship with the people around them.