Youngsters are known to struggle most when they become teenagers. The challenge of a teenager is usually more when he/she has a disorder known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Having to battle with peer group pressure, academic issues, low self-esteem, and the rest can really be difficult for a growing child.
During teen years, it’s difficult for a child to go by rules. So it’s necessary that as a parent, you outline rules that will be clear and understandable to your teenage child. If your teenager goes against a particular order, you have to apply what’s called parenting. You need to be gentle with him/her and understand that it’s normal for their age. When you want to punish, punish with love and see it as a phase that will soon pass.
Parental intervention can be referred to as an interference of a parent in their child’s life to help build or restructure their child either through discipline, schooling, grooming, monitoring, and supervision. Parenting intervention comes in two forms – positive and negative, especially when dealing with a teen taking drugs.
There comes a time in your life as a parent, where you might have to start doubting the child you birthed. You might start noticing signs like abnormal behavior, poor school performances, indecent friends, secrets, and other strange attributes.
Then, one day you are going through their stuff and suddenly you find marijuana or other illegal drugs of some sort. You start recapping the events of the last few years of life to clearly ascertain where you must have gone wrong in this parenting thing. So you start thinking of possible ways you can approach and talk to your teen.
Follow these tips and see how you can handle the situation.
What to Do When You Find Out Your Teen is Using Drugs
1. Try to be calm, yet direct about it.
When trying to approach your teenager age, apply positive parenting intervention. You don’t have to shout and pull down the roof before they can get your message. Be delicate and less dramatic, ask him or her the question on your mind but do so gently, show him/her that you are here to help. Talking to teenagers about drugs with lots of anger isn’t going to get them to bare their hearts to you.
2. Approach your teenager when he or she in the right state of mind.
Monitor when your child is in a sober mood; they will be easier to talk to them. If your teenager is drunk, you might want to reschedule the meeting.
3. Don’t sound judgemental.
Children love people who show them care and love. If you can try to ask your questions without sounding judgmental, the teenager is more likely to let you in on their life. Ask questions from your heart.
4. Treat your teenager.
When your child is done talking to you about his/her challenges, it’s only natural for you as a parent to start seeking for help. You may want to help them get a therapist who specializes in teenagers as a start, or help your teen enroll in a substance abuse support group or a rehab center.
Positive parenting intervention should be adopted by every parent. It lets you support your child effectively. Walking through your child’s teenage years is a rough phase. Help your child to help themselves.