My Teen Doesn’t Care About What I Consider to Be Success


Parents and teens often have differing ideas about what they think success is, and a common conflict that results is that teens don’t care what their parents consider to be success.  If you’re encountering this problem with your son or daughter, it might be because they are not placing enough value on doing well in school, going to college, getting an appropriate job, or any of the other common ways we define success.  It’s easy for parents to be nervous about having a child who is unambitious in this way, but the right kind of treatment can completely transform their mindset.

Teens who lack ambition and aren’t finding success in the right areas often find help in professional treatment.  If you are interested in seeing to it that your son or daughter reforms, Wingate Wilderness Therapy can help, so contact them today at 1-800-560-1599.

Helping Teens Find Success

Teens and their parents often define success in very different ways.  Part of being young involves that teens don’t always have the foresight to understand why things like grades, schooling, and jobs are incredibly important for them.  They have very different priorities, and this is reflected in what they consider to be success.  They usually define success in their immediate happiness, with things like how well they do in sports, how many friends they have, and how many nice things or clothes they have.  If your teen is in this situation, it can feel hopeless to try and make them understand and care about what you believe success means.  

What Parents Can Do

Having open communication with your son or daughter is an important part.  If they feel comfortable communicating with you, then both of you will be able to understand eachother’s points of view.  You can show them why they need to place a higher importance on what you find successful so that they can start doing better in school and focusing on their future.  Another approach is getting them professional treatment that can help mature them and give them perspective.  The combination of these two approaches can be incredibly effective.

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