The Difference Between Goals and Expectations in Parenting Troubled Teens


When you’re having trouble parenting a troubled teen, it’s important to take note of the difference between goals and expectations.  As parents, you  cannot set the expectation of being able to fix all of the problems your troubled teen has alone.  However, you can name goals you hope to achieve through your help and the help of professionals that can assist your troubled teen with their issues.  Zion Educational Systems would like to help you understand the difference and get your troubled teen the help they need.  We provide you with extensive collections of resources for tackling a variety of problems your troubled teen could be facing.  If you need our help, please contact us at (866) 471-8579.

How Goals and Expectations are Different

Expectations and goals differ widely in that expectations entail having a very concrete outcome needed to take place in a situation, and goals are slightly more open-ended and hopeful.  They leave less room for disappointment.  Having expectations about how you will be able to parent and help your troubled teen is not as constructive as setting goals.  Expectations set the mind narrowly on one specific outcome that may or may not be realistic for parents to accomplish alone.  Parents cannot be expected to address all the issues their troubled teen may have without professional help.  This is why it is better to set goals.  Goals allow parents to have an end result in mind, but a more open approach to how they get there.  Even when parents set goals or expectations about how to parent their troubled teens, they may need help accomplishing these.  

Help in Accomplishing Goals and Expectations

Parents will usually need assistance in accomplishing the goals and expectations they set for helping and parenting their troubled teens.  While support and guidance from parents is a crucial tool in aiding these teens, professional help is also key.  Zion Educational Systems is here to provide parents with the necessary resources to get their troubled teen the help they need.  Our uniquely comprehensive and informative list of treatment programs and schools is the perfect supplement to the goals and expectations parents set for themselves in parenting their teens.  If you think your troubled teen needs help, don’t hesitate to call Zion Educational Systems today at (866) 471-8579.

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