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Here are just some of the teen behavior problems you'll find solutions to when you join Online Parent Support...

What to do when your child:
  • Abuses alcohol
  • Abuses drugs
  • Applies guilt trips
  • Applies insults
  • Argues with adults
  • Believes the rules don't apply to him/her
  • Blames others for his/her behavior
  • Blames others for his/her problems
  • Calls you terrible names (e.g., "f___ing bitch")
  • Deliberately annoys people
  • Destroys property in the house
  • Does not feel responsible for his/her actions
  • Does not take “no” for an answer
  • Engages in self-injury or cutting
  • Feels entitled to privileges
  • Gets caught shoplifting
  • Gets into trouble with the law
  • Gets suspended or expelled from school
  • Has a learning disability (e.g., ADHD)
  • Has an eating disorder
  • Has been sexually abused
  • Has frequent anger outbursts
  • Has problems with authority figures
  • Has problems with siblings
  • Is a bully at school or in the neighborhood
  • Is depressed
  • Is failing academically
  • Is getting into trouble on the Internet
  • Is grieving the loss of a family member or friend
  • Is hanging with the wrong crowd
  • Is having unprotected sex
  • Is manipulative and deceitful
  • Is physically aggressive
  • Is resentful and vindictive
  • Is touchy and easily annoyed by others
  • Is verbally abusive
  • Is very disrespectful
  • Lacks motivation
  • Leaves the house without permission
  • Lies
  • Refuse to do chores
  • Refuses to follow rules
  • Runs away from home
  • Skips school
  • Smokes cigarettes
  • Slips out at night while you are asleep
  • Steals
  • Suffers with ADHD
  • Suffers with Asperger's Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism
  • Suffers with Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Suffers with Conduct Disorder
  • Suffers with Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Suffers with Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Teases or manipulates others
  • Threatens suicide
  • Uses excessive profanity
...and much more!

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