Parent education

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Parent education is defined as, programs, support services and resources offered to parents and caregivers that are designed to support them or increase their capacity and confidence in raising healthy children. Furthermore, parent education is essential for assisting parents of troubled adolescents.

Raising a child is already a difficult and trying task. Raising an out of control, troubled adolescent, however, can leave parents with a sense of helplessness and utter discouragement. For these parents, parent education is key. Through parent education, parents of troubled adolescents are given invaluable new tools and skills they can apply in raising their child.

Parent education can only help parents to an extent. The best parenting strategies are sometimes futile in attempts of controlling a troubled adolescent's out of control behaviors. For these types of parents, residential treatment can be the solution in correcting their out of control child's negative behaviors and mindset.

Parent seminars

Parent seminars are conferences that men and women attend in order to further their knowledge in new parenting methods and strategies. These conferences are designed to assist men and women in improving their overall quality of parenting.

Across the nation, countless struggling mothers and fathers attend various parent seminars, hoping to find answers to their seemingly helpless situation. These men and women are parents of children of different ages, but generally, are seeking new methods in parenting a troubled teen.

Troubled teens display out of control and erratic behaviors. Because of this, parents may be completely clueless as to why their child is displaying such out of control, negative behaviors. It is, generally, these types of parents that seek the services of parent seminars.

Parent seminars vary in the material they provide and what techniques they coach parents on, but collectively strive to complete one mission: To assist struggling parents in strengthening the bond between child and parent, provide parents with new parenting approaches, and to fix or alleviate any problems parents may be facing in rearing their child.

Peer culture

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A peer group is both a social group and a primary group of people who have similar interests, age, background, and social status. The members of this group are likely to influence each other's core belief system and behaviors. Peer groups contain hierarchies and distinct patterns of behavior. For example, 18-year-olds usually don't associate with 14-year-olds even though they may be in school together. Additionally, teachers do not share students as a peer group.

During adolescence, teenagers start to drift away from their relationship with parents and family, and instead, prefer to spend their time with other adolescents. Teens attempt to find and be a part of a peer culture that will understand them and take them in. Sometimes teens are so desperate to be accepted by a group of peers, that they join a negative peer group, in spite of that groups poor choices and unfruitful behaviors.

Due to the great influence a culture of peers has on a teenage boy or girl, it is pivotal, for the sake of their prospective future, to choose to associate with supportive, positive influences. If a teen aspires to achieve any level of success, it is imperative for them to choose to be a part of a peer culture that supports and nurtures their aspirations. This kind of peer culture can be a key factor in a teen's foundation of success.




The term, peers, refers to a person who is equal to another in abilities, qualifications, age, background, and social status. A Teen's choice of peers, or group of people an adolescent associates with, is a major part of their life. A teenager's peer group has more influence on the individual teen than probably any other relationship he/she has in their life.

Peers of an adolescent can either be a positive or negative influence. If a teen surrounds themselves with supportive, productive and optimistic group of adolescents, they will, themselves, be able to share a similar positive attitude, ultimately improving and furthering their lives. However, if a teenage boy or girl chooses to associate with a negatively influential group of peers, they are almost certain to share the same negative attitudes and behaviors, ultimately stunting their production and potential.

It is crucial for parents to recognize whether or not their teen is choosing negative influences as their group of peers. Parents of teens should explain to their child why associating with certain peer groups can adversely effect, not only today, but quite literally, destroy their entire future.

The way an individual uses reason and observation to form viewpoint of the world.
Poor Grades

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A poor grade is a substandard performance in an activity, usually academic, in which an individual is graded on. There is a variety of reasons and circumstances an individual receives a poor grade. Poor grades may be the result of a variety of factors including, the individual suffers from a mental deficiency, lack of understanding, poor teaching educator, lack of motivation or is dealing with personal issues which, in turn, affects their performance in school or workplace.

Poor grades prove to be a continuous and prevalent issue among troubled teens. Troubled teens rarely receive poor grades due to their lack of cognitive prowess. Generally speaking, troubled teens are fully capable of earning sufficient grades in academics, but consciously choose not to put forth the necessary effort needed to do so.

Fortunately for troubled teens, troubled adolescent rehabilitative services such as, residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools and group homes for troubled teens, offer grade restoration for those who have failed to earn adequate marks in school.

Positive Reinforcement
When the consequences or results of a behavior encourage a person to engage in that behavior again.
Positive relationships

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A Positive relationship is a bond between two people that promotes positive repercussions in the lives of both parties.

People that build positive relationships, whether, with peers, teachers, authority figures or family members are able to turn to their companion for support. This support, moreover, is reciprocated in a bona fide, positive relationship. By overcoming adversity with the assistance of both party's support for each other, the positive relationship's bond grows stronger. Building and strengthening the bond of a positive relationship consequently strengthens both parties, not only as companions, but individually as well.

As positive relationships promote a healthy, productive lifestyle, contrariwise, a negative relationship can deteriorate the life of an individual. Furthermore, it is critical for individuals engaging in negative relationships to cut ties with the negative influence.

To summarize, it is critical for individuals to recognize the difference between positive relationships, which promote balance and support in a person's life, as opposed to negative ones, which deteriorate and undermine the overall productivity of an individual.


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Pre-Algebra is the name of a course that is generally taken in middle school math, although sometimes it is taught as early as third grade for gifted students. For homeschool taught students, pre-algebra can be taught anywhere from 8 years old to 17 years, depending on the child's mathematic ability.

Pre-algebra is a preparatory course designed to prepare students for the more advanced, upcoming course of algebra. Pre- algebra is crucial, as it is the foundation of all advanced high school mathematics. Without the foundation of pre- algebra, students may fall behind and fail to ever reach academic requirements needed to graduate high school.

The main focus of Pre-algebra is to teach students about numbers that falls between the basic four (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and algebra. Pre-algebra even includes some geometry, although most schools break geometry into a separate course.



Precalculus is the course of mathematics that prepares a student for calculus.

Pre-calculus is a class designed to effectively prepare students for the complexities of calculus, a class many teens have difficulty learning. Furthermore, pre-calculus is critical for progressing one's mathematic ability.

Without pre-calculus, a student may be ill-prepared for calculus which could then overwhelm the individual. This unready advancement may then discourage the student from putting forth an effort in mathematics altogether, reducing their chances of meeting academic goals or ambitions.

For parents of troubled teens who have, thus far, struggled to meet academic requirements in mathematics may be able to find a solution through residential treatment. Residential treatment centers for troubled teens offer not only therapeutic and substance abuse treatment, but often times, offer academic restoration and assistance as well.

Proactive mindset

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A proactive mindset is one's ability to make proactive decisions as opposed to reactive decisions. A proactive mind will control a situation by doing something about it, rather than waiting for them to take place. A proactive mind is always thinking of the future. If an individual has a proactive mindset, they will prepare and work on ways in which they can improve their future.

Unfortunately, troubled teens tend to struggle implementing a proactive mindset. Rather than think of what the future holds, they live in the 'here and now.' Troubled adolescents only care about how they feel at the moment, and, therefore, are unlikely to be prepared for obstacles and adversities hat lie ahead. Due to their lack of concern for their future, troubled teens are more susceptible to negative behaviors that provide instant gratification, even if that instant gratification destroys prospects and opportunities that may lie ahead.