Don’t wait until your teen does something over the top. Teens are in a unique time in their lives, searching for their boundaries. I have no doubt that these bus bullies showed bad behavior long before this incident. They surely did not start cussing and threatening an authority figure without warning signs. For instance, there are countless children who throw tantrums for the same reasons. They are saying ‘give me my way or face my behavior.’ And if you as parents or caring adult do not deal with those tantrum early, your child could develop a larger behavior problem as they grow older.
This undoubtedly is what happened in the recent bullying incident with Mrs. Klein. The Bible tells us that it’s the small foxes that spoil the vine (Song of Solomon 2:15). So, as caregivers of our families we should deal with the issues of our children before they become unruly teens. If you have waited too late and are unsure of how to confront your unruly teen, you’re not alone. Many times teens mimic their friends, so try to help them choose their friends wisely. Some places to find positive influences such as the Boys and Girls Club, school sports, Youth for Christ and defiantly a local church youth group. Once you find an extended support system to support the new values you are instilling in your teen, the task of steering your teen will become much easer.
To contact Brad Holt or Youth for Christ www.coastyfc.com or 228-864-0788