Help Schools & Kids, posted by Desperate Mom, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on May 31, 2012 at 9:32 pm
I am having behaving issues with my child. We have tried everything including counseling, but she continues her aggressive behaviors. I have heard of booth camping, but I do not know anybody who has tried it. Can someone give me honest and none judgemental opinion on booth camps. am thinking on boot camp.
Posted by My prayers for you..., a resident of the Greater Miranda neighborhood, on Jun 1, 2012 at 9:43 am
Mom and Scott give excellent advise.
I also advise looking at Martha Cravens PhD through her website (based in Los Altos), a specialist in dealing with aggressive and defiant teens. She runs classes through CHAC (Community Health Awareness Council) in concert with police officers on how to parent difficult, high risk teens, as well as has classes she runs personally, and individual counseling for parents...I have had a horrible last few years with an increasingly rebellious and aggressive younger teen, and she is absolutely fantastic in helping deal with such a teen.
Can also recommend buying and DOING the Total Transformation Program ( look online..by Lehman) if your child is younger than 10-12, and is responsive to "normal" consequences. But if your child is older or doesn't seem to respond to "normal" consequences ( like, "get home by 9 pm or you lose your phone the next day"..and she figures in for a penny, in for a pound, stays out until midnight because it is worth the price of a lost phone for a day)..then the more intense program they just came out with may be better ( ask them the name and cost).;
If I had started the Total Transformation and been consistent from when my child was 5-6, it may have made for a different Teen experience. As it was, it was too little too late by the time he was a teen. It helped, but we ended up having to go into a much more intense parenting shift.
Good luck! Chin up! Learn how to manage your child then stick to it! We are still struggling 3 years after the big trouble began, but have made great progress compared to then. It never ends, the testing never ends, not if you have a highly rebellious and defiant teen, but you as parents grow into your job and get better at it.
Posted by Mom of 3, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Jun 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm
Have you demanded too much academic success from her that she is rebelling? There is more to life than academics here in America.
I do not recommend boot camp. They can be physically and verbally abusive.
You don't need the advice of therapists. YOU need to change the way you treat her. Something in your parenting failed but you can change it.
All children want the love of their parents or they have a hole in their heart that no one else can fill besides their parents. Somehow, this child doesn't feel loved. You may know you love her, but she is not believing it. You need to start spending time with her, showing her your love, stop being critical. It may take months or a year for her to finally realize you really care, but this will work. Remember her as an innocent baby and how much you loved her. When children begin to feel respected and loved by their parents, they begin to want to please the parents.
If you had someone nagging and criticizing you all the time, wouldn't you want to rebel? Wouldn't you be angry? Wouldn't you just want to be able to make your own decisions instead of someone telling you what to do? She needs to know you love her even if she is not perfect, not the straight-A student you want. She needs to feel she has control over her life.
Children are not feeling respected and loved by parents, which is the root of rebellion problems. If a child feels loved by their parents, they will feel whole and behavior will improve.