Away from the emotional life in a traditional home, in a new and fresh setting, boot camps help teens reinvent themselves. Some parents mistakenly fear that their children will be subject to a loveless, cold-hearted institutionalized existence, but these programs wouldn’t work if that were true. A good teen boot camp aims for a communal feeling where teens, teachers and counselors live and work in a respectful, cooperative environment. From the time they wake up each day until the time they go to bed teens are immersed in a culture of people who expect them to contribute to their micro-society, and respect them for doing so. It’s a dynamic that our modern culture can’t duplicate because so often our culture expects teens to be lazy and self-indulgent.
There are warning signs that your teen might be at a higher risk and that boot camp could be a necessity. Sometimes something that starts off as a small problem can become larger than life and teens, heck even adults, simply don’t know how to stop the bus. It often starts with small signs of distress and builds up to larger subconscious cries for help. Is your child failing in school, sexually promiscuous, obsessed with weight or body image, a daredevil, abusive toward animals, violent toward their siblings, subject to weekly or daily mood swings, having a hard time making friends, blaming others for the consequences of their own negativity, manipulative, or simply refusing to participate?
Boarding schools for troubled teens usually have an initial assessment for families who wonder if their teen is in need of a boarding school. Some even offer web-based quizzes, with confidential results, and free personalized responses from a real counselor. It’s a comfort to many parents to know that quite often, the answer is no; most teens are not in need of a boot camp boarding school. Being a teen, breaking the ties of dependence and coming into your own adulthood is typically a difficult time. Simply knowing that you care enough to ask is a good sign. With parental support, most teens grow up into the responsible adults all around you. Surely you can recall a difficult period in your youth. Boot Camp counselors love turning lives around, and thrive upon the challenges of empowering teens to make better decisions. Find out if your child needs a boot camp, by exploring the resources and assessment options available from boot camp boarding schools.
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