What to do and say when teens misbehave at school.
Often parents of adolescents who are struggling with academics think their kids would do better if they just tried harder, and the teens think they’re misunderstood. Sadly, this can lead to them feeling unhappy both at school and home. Richard Selznick, author of The Shutdown Learner elaborates. “Certainly for many of these kids in middle school and high school they’re becoming increasingly turned off school and it’s becoming a danger zone and at this point probably mounting in the household and lots of yelling and arguing back and forth.” Sometimes the best thing is to turn to a professional who can help the family sort out their issues. “I think a good counselor or a good therapist on the outside can help relieves some of the anger, put some of the issues on the table, help the communication process, because as you can imagine, many of the communication points are blocked between the parent and the child over these issues.”
The Parent Report’s guest expert is Richard Selznick, author of The Shutdown Learner. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.