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Warning Signs that your Teenage Son Might Need More Help than You Can Offer (Part 2)
  1. Dramatic Lifestyle Changes.  These outward signs of rebellion should be obvious to a parent. Has your child started listening to radically different music such as heavy metal or punk rock? Is your kid coloring their hair some weird color just to fit in? Is your child dressing down to fit in with friends at school? All of these are outward signs that your child is succumbing to negative peer pressure.
  2. Trouble in School. You need to stay in touch with your child’s school. Never assume that his/her school will be in touch with you if there is a problem. If your child is getting into drugs, odds are he/she will start ditching class from time to time. Kids who do this tend to take off during the middle of school and get stoned somewhere near the campus. Don’t assume that their school will let you know about this kind of behavior. And you need to realize, kids are great at covering up this kind of behavior. Every kid knows how to forge their parent’s signature — no joke. Call your child’s school from time to time and ask about your child attendance record. You need to take the initiative here!
  3. Isolating from Family. Does your child act distant? Do they constantly want to be with their friends, away from home?  When you ask your child what he/she has been up to, does your child give some vague reply? Does you child want to eat in their room all the time instead of with the family? Children are smart – they know that the easiest lie to tell is the one they can avoid having to tell. If you child doesn’t tell you what he/she has been up to, there’s a good chance your child is hiding something.
  4. Dramatic Changes in Personality/Attitude. Does it seem like your child is suddenly a completely different person with a new personality which you don’t like one bit? Has your child suddenly developed a tough guy/girl attitude? If your child is experimenting with at-risk behavior, there’s a good chance you’ll be seeing these kinds of attitude changes. Often parents just see this as normal teenage behavior and write it off. Don’t make this mistake . . . otherwise you might overlook one of the most obvious signs.
  5. Noticeable difference in eating habits. Here’s another obvious sign of drug experimentation that is often overlooked as normal teenage behavior. Does your child come home in the afternoon after hanging out with friends and devour everything in the refrigerator? If your child is smoking pot with his/her friends, it wouldn’t be unusual for your child to eat a bit more food than normal. Does your child skip quite a few consecutive meals, then “speed” use is a possibility.
  6. Lying. If your child is experimenting with drugs, he/she will be telling lots of lies to cover this up. Teens tend to be very good at covering things up. If you start wondering whether or not your child is telling you the truth there is a good chance that your instincts are right. Be persistent and learn what it is that they are trying to cover up.
If your son is exhibiting these signs and more it might be time to seek help.  We’d love to spend a few moments speaking with you that could help bring some much needed wisdom and peace.
 

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