Tips For Parents Going Through A Crisis With Their Teen

Tips for parents going through a crisis with their teen

Unfortunately, many teenagers can struggle with a range of issues, which can impact both their happiness and health. For example, they might be struggling with bullying, an eating disorder, PTSD or even addiction. Here are 7 tips for parents going through a crisis with their teen.

Tips for parents going through a crisis with their teen

Every parent will want to protect their child as much as possible, but it might feel like an overwhelming challenge. To help you through this tough period, here are seven tips for parents going through a crisis with their teenager.

  • Look for Warning Signs

Typical teenagers will experience many mood swings and irritability due to hormonal changes. It is, therefore, common for them to experience emotional outbursts. There are, however, some warning signs that will indicate an underlying issue, such as persistent sadness, falling grades, personality changes, sleep issues, and anxiety.

  • Talk to Your Teen Frankly

If you strongly suspect your child is living with a serious issue, such as an eating disorder, depression, or addiction, you cannot ignore it. It’s important to talk both honestly and frankly with your child about your suspicions, but aim to do so in a non-critical, gentle manner.

  • Seek Professional Help

If the spot any red flag behaviours in your son or daughter, it is imperative to consult either a doctor, counsellor or another mental health professional to prevent a problem from spiralling out of control. It could help your teen to receive a diagnosis for their problem and to receive treatment as soon as possible.

  • Don’t Be Afraid to Make Difficult Decisions

Unfortunately, there might be some teen issues that you cannot afford to ignore, and there might be times when you will need to make difficult decisions for the sake of your child’s health and future.

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  • Make Your Teen Feel Loved

If your teen is going through a crisis, they will need to feel loved now more than ever – even if they have emotionally withdrawn from you. Find ways to express how much they mean to you, and state you want to help them through this challenging time, so they will feel cared for and supported when struggling with a problem.

  • Listen without Judgement

If your child is living with depression, addiction or an eating disorder, you must listen to them without judgement. Your teen will want to feel understood and supported when attempting to articulate their problems, but they’ll want to stop talking if you constantly criticise, interrupt or offer too much advice.

Listen to what they have to say and maintain eye contact throughout the conversation, which can help them to open up to you easily. You can then help them find the best solution to their problem.

  • Take Care of Yourself

Living with a struggling teenager can impact a parent’s health. That’s why it’s vital to take care of yourself, so you can continue to care for your child’s emotional and physical needs. Take time each day to relax and unwind to combat your rising stress levels, and seek support from your friends, relatives or a counsellor to cope emotionally.

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  • loopyloulaura

    I think being prepared and being open to communicate without judgment is crucial for allowing the situation to be discussed. I was a nightmare teen so am not looking forward to my kids growing up! Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

  • Kim Carberry

    This is great advice when it comes to teens.
    I think talking to them honestly and frankly really works. I am all for pussyfooting about but sometimes they need that talking too. #MMBC x

  • thesingleswan

    goodness me this is tough. I have a four year old and I don’t want him to get any older. I get tantrums and backchat and I think he is going through a testosterone surge so I get a bit of his backchat, but ultimately I know I can deal with it. Teenage years sound really tough. Thanks for the tips Kate. Pen x #AnythingGoes

  • RaisieBay

    Teenagers can be so tough to look after and I’m glad you’ve pointed out the issues that can arise. It’s so easy to just let them get on with things and ignore their problems putting it down to hormones and such. When my girl was a teen she had an eating disorder brought on by Complex PTSD and we have since suffered many years of depression and mental illness. I have been there for her all the way but it’s been nearly 18 years now and I still have to deal with it because I’m the only one who understands her. If only I could have got her the proper help when she was a teen, but it’s so hard to be taken seriously with MH unless you attempt suicide. xx

  • Lucy At Home

    Oh the thought of my girls having to face a mental disorder or addiction just breaks my heart. Having been there with a severe mental health problem in my late teens, I can’t bare the thought of them having to experience it too. But, as I read this, I was reminded that, whilst it was horrendous at the time, I came out of that period and, with the right help and guidance, am back to full health and strength.

    And congrats because someone added this post to the BlogCrush linky for you. Hurray! #blogcrush

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