Why Do We Settle When Our Teens Let Us Down?


It’s very easy for parents to settle when their teens let them down because they feel disappointed and hopeless.  Teens who are unambitious, apathetic, or troublesome are very hard to work with, so it’s common for parents to settle and give up trying to reform them.  However, settling shouldn’t be your only option, because there are many ways to help a teen who is letting you down.  Reforming teens into motivated, self-confident young adults is very doable with the right program.

Wingate Wilderness Therapy has experience helping teens with any sort of mental or behavioral issues they’re having.  Wilderness therapy is one of the best options available in teen treatment, so feel free to call them if you would like help or have any questions at 1-800-560-1599.

How Teens Let Their Parents Down

Teens let their parents down in many ways, because they usually have very different priorities than their parents do.  For example, if you usually encourage your teen to do their homework, perform well in school, get a job, and think about colleges, it is the case with many teens, and might be the case with yours, that they just don’t care about those things.  On top of this, many teens take part in risky or illegal behaviors that are dangerous to their health and wellbeing.  These include stealing, bullying, ditching school, and abusing drugs or alcohol.  If your son or daughter is exhibiting any of these behaviors, it’s easy for you to feel let down.  Their behavior isn’t living up to the expectations you have for them.  However, it’s important not to settle for this behavior.  

Ways That Parents Can Help

Many parents give up the battle and accept that their child’s behavior is just going to let them down, thinking that there is no point in trying to change them.  There is hope for parents though, because things can get better.  Parents who establish open and communicative relationships with their child are better able to express their concerns and come to compromises about what their teen is and is not allowed to do.  Establishing a trusting relationship and seeking professional help has proven to be a combination that will reform your teen in ways you may have not thought possible.

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