One mom asks: "I am a parent of two teenage daughters. One is soon to be 17, the other 15. The stress is overwhelming. My biggest concern is my 15 yr. old. She skips school, goes in late, leaves after 3rd or 4th period, has failed three years in a row, is working on her 4th year of failure, won't keep her room clean, smokes, may do drugs(pot), is disrespectful towards teachers and parents, and the list goes on.
Please help me to know my choices. Can I get the police involved? Do I send her to live somewhere else? I can't get her to agree to counseling. Some days I'm just too tired to keep fighting her. What are my options?"
Denise's thoughts: "Your options would be to start checking in your local area. What is the school offering? Can you meet with a truancy officer and see what help they can provide? Set up a meeting with Children and Youth Services in your local county. Be sure to ask where they feel you could get more help.
After speaking to all of these people, you should have many options available. Please let us know how it goes."
Asking the Community: Has your teen ever been out of control? What did you do for him/her? Let's not focus on how this teen got here, let's focus on how you would help to get her out of it. Are the resources in your local area available? The school here would be able to provide us with one-on-one help for the truancy and would tell us about other services. Would your teen's school be able to do this? Offer your advice as a comment.
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