As second semester continues, more and more parents are struggling with their teens to get them to attend school. It never ceases to amaze me that so many teenagers in high school “assume” they can just drop out and get a GED. Generations prior, this was frowned upon and the only teens that did there were juvenile delinquents. This has changed.
Do you find yourself forcing your teen to go to school? Are they failing when they have the potential to succeed? Has your honor roll student barely getting C’s? Classic signs of underachieving can have an underlying issue to something bigger.
Has their peer group changed? Are they experimenting with drugs? Is it “only” a joint now and then? (Seriously some parents think this way). What they aren’t realizing is the pot they smoked 20-30 years ago is not the pot these kids are getting today.
You have come to the realization that you need outside help. Local therapy has been exhausted, if it did anything, you haven’t noticed. Out-patient programs usually have kids far worse than what your teen is – which means they can learn better tricks.
It is time to do your homework as a parent and find the best match for your teenager – which includes an education.
Many know I am not an advocate of Wilderness programs – and I still am not. One of the reasons is there is usually zero academics – it is about breaking your child down, which usually they are broken before they get there. Many teens just fake it to make it for 6-9 weeks – and parents are charges exuberant fees.
Then there are the Educational Consultants (EC) – which parents have an extra $3000-5000 they will hire. Before you hire them – I can tell you about the EC shuffle. There are very few, if any, that won’t have you start with Wilderness. In my opinion it is a band-aid parents “like to hear”since most all don’t believe their teen’s are “that bad” and the years of negative behavior will be washed away in 6-8 weeks.
Wake up – if you talk to the majority of parents that went to Wilderness, most will tell you by the 4th week the counselors are already telling you to prepare for the next step…. Residential Treatment Centers or Therapeutic Boarding Schools.