Life can be a complicated mess of difficult challenges and unexpected setbacks. As we wade through the many obstacles that are thrown our way, it’s easy to feel confused and unsure about a great many things. But as a parent, there’s one thing that you’re always 100% sure of, no matter the situation: you love your child, and you want the very best for them.
Unfortunately, this is a fact that’s often lost on your teenager, especially when you’re pursuing ways to help them with their problems. Teenagers are notoriously reluctant at admitting their faults and seeking help, and what is a clear and obvious problem may be a non-issue in their eyes. This is something we often see at our Spanish Fork residential treatment center — parents seek out counseling for their teenagers, but the teenagers are loath to admit that they need help.
With an issue such as sexual behavioral problems, this is an especially thorny road to navigate. There is potential for a lot of shame and embarrassment, and it’s often easier for teenagers to deny the severity of the issue because they don’t want to feel judged or shamed. While nobody here is judging anyone, it’s important to know how to help open up your teenage son to the idea of therapy and counseling. Here are some tips to consider: