When most people think of support groups, groups like Alcoholics Anonymous AA might be the first thing that comes to mind. But there are many other groups that exist to help people dealing with a variety of issues—including raising troubled teens. A parenting support group can provide comfort and advice from others in the same situation. These groups are available in most communities as well as online. Initially, it may be difficult to understand the point of participating in a support group. It's the teen who has the problem, so how does a parent benefit from participating in this type of group?
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Support Groups for Parents of Troubled Teens
In , a total of , babies were born to women aged 15—19 years, for a birth rate of This is another record low for U. Although reasons for the declines are not totally clear, evidence suggests these declines are due to more teens abstaining from sexual activity, and more teens who are sexually active using birth control than in previous years. Still, the U. Teen birth rates declined from to for most racial groups and for Hispanics. In , the birth rates of Hispanic teens Among some states with low overall teen birth rates, some counties have high teen birth rates.
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Parenting a teenager is never easy. You may despair over failed attempts to communicate, the endless fights, and the open defiance—not to mention the moodiness, the intense emotions, and the impulsive and reckless conduct. Sometimes it may be hard to believe, but no, your teenager is not an alien being from a distant planet. Your teen may be taller than you and seem mature in some respects, but often they are simply unable to think things through on an adult level.
Parenting a teenager with depression has nearly broken me. It has cracked me open, so that I thought the pieces would never come back together. But, like the daisies and coneflowers that I hack down to the ground in preparation for spring, the places that are cut are the places where new shoots grow. Hiding the knives. Locking up the household cleaners.