It is amazing how parents cry out for help to assist their children, but struggle with accepting help when it comes. Help comes in varying forms. Sometimes it is presented in the form of peer groups.
Some of the best support comes from individuals who are within the same age group and have experienced the same challenges.
I want to encourage parents to listen to their teens & tweens. If they appear withdrawn, engage them with a loving tone. If they appear to be snippy with there words or have a bad attitude, find out how their day went before judging them. Cultivate the parent-child relationship. Remind them that you care. Just when you think that your teen won't talk to you, examine your tone, delivery and response. If you are unable to reach your teen/tween, remember, there is a village of support; there is Teen Talk.