The holiday season can be a stressful time for almost everyone — and can be especially angst-inducing for parents of troubled teenagers. Instead of celebrating the season, these moms and dads worry that their kids will abuse drugs or alcohol, commit crimes, or even run away from home.
A new book by the parent of a struggling teen may offer hope to parents who find themselves succumbing to holiday-related stresses and pressures. A Dec. 8 PRWeb press release provided the following details:
“The holiday season brings out unrealistic expectations about family life and can be painful for parents dealing with troubled teens,” [said Marcia Stein] It’s easy to feel isolated, that you’re a failure as a parent, but the truth is that many parents dealing with teens’ extreme behaviors feel they’re at the end of their rope. Some problems can be managed with improved parenting skills and others require professional help.” …
The author of a recently published book, Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens, Stein interviewed parents and professionals, obtaining stories, resources and information for parents and those in the role of parents.