12.03.2017

Worrying about your kids is natural, but when should you really be concerned

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When you're the parent of teenagers, you're almost certainly going to spend at least some of your time feeling at least a little bit worried. After all, this is the point in their lives when they start really wanting their independence, when they start wanting to be treated like adults, and when the first hints of rebellion start creeping in. Of course, it's only natural to want what's best for your teenager, but most of the time you'll find that you don't really need to be that worried at all. Most kids get through this part of their lives pretty unscathed as long as you're there to support and have a little faith in them. Of course, that's not always the case. With that in mind, here are a few ways to tell if you need to be seriously concerned about your teenager.

Their grades are slipping

Let's face it, grades aren't everything and putting too much pressure on your child to succeed academically can be a mistake. However, if your child seems to suddenly start doing way worse at school than they were before, it's worth at least trying to get to the bottom of why that is. It might be because they're struggling to keep up, that they're getting distracted, or that they're taking on too much. Whatever the reason is, there are always ways that you can help them work through it and make sure that they're always doing their very best.

Their health seems to be declining

Your teenager's body is probably going to be going through a lot of changes that they might not fully understand. However, if it starts to seem as though the physical changes that they're dealing with are more serious than normal puberty, it might be worth being a bit more concerned. Plenty of teens struggle with things like mental health issues, eating disorders, and even experimenting with things like drugs. No parent wants to think about it, but it's not something that you should ignore. If you're really concerned then checking them into a teen treatment centre might be a wise choice. This can be a tough topic to broach with your child, but it's worth being open and honest with them as much as you can.

They're associating with people you don't trust

Your teens are going to make friends that you don't really like. That's just the way of the world. Perhaps it's a friend who you're not sure about, or maybe you don't approve of their new boy/girlfriend. The key is to try and figure out if it's just your personal feelings or if it's because they're a genuinely bad influence on your child. After all, just because you're not their biggest fan, doesn't mean that they're actually bad news.

Realising that your teenager may be in more trouble than you thought can be an incredibly tough thing to deal with. However, the worst thing that you can do is to freak out. That's only going to make things worse. The best thing that you can do is make sure that you're there for them and that you care about them.

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