I am in need of some serious advice. I have just bought your book and am through about 5 of the 10 commandments of raising a teen. I truly, truly wish I would have had your book a long time ago.
I am the parent of two teens, one 17 and one 15 and until your book I honestly thought I was the craziest person alive! Thank you for showing me that I'm not. Anyway, I had my oldest son Ryan sent to a specialized behavior modification school in July. I just didn't know where to turn with his behavior, i.e., undisclosed drug use (drug paraphanalia in his room), sneaking out, truancy and huge--HUGE--fights with his stepfather. There are holes in every door upstairs. I had these problems for Ryan for a few years, so I truly felt that my back was to a wall.
I am having some similar problems with my 15 year old boy Daniel as well. The same sort of stuff without the tantrums so much. So now, let me get to the point as I am sure you don't have all day. Did I make a mistake sending my son to this behavior modification school? Was this the total wrong thing to do? With your book and finding a decent counselor I feel that I may have some hope. I am so confused. Every time I tried to reach out to the community or the schools to help me, I felt even more lost. I feel as I read your book that my sons could use a counselor such as yourself, (that we as a family could use a counselor such as yourself).
What are your thoughts on these schools that I have sent my son to-- Big mistake or big help? And one other thing, do you have any recommendations of counselors for my type situation in the San Antonio area? I and my husband are miltary so any place that accepts Tricare would be ideal but not mandatory. I just really need a counselor that....well....is like you. Do you live in the San Antonio area?
Thank you for listening to me.