There are times when parents may feel they are losing control of their children. The parents may begin to lose hope and not know where to turn. In times like these, remind yourself that you are not alone. There are many sources of support and guidance that can help you through a crisis with your child. Examples include:
- Mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, etc.)
- School supports (guidance counselor, school psychologist, special education programs, etc.)
- Community resources: This includes groups and activities that your child can become involved in, as well as support groups for parents (or children/teens), clergy, congregational support, etc. Possible activities include sports teams, karate lessons, music/art lessons, Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, Big Brother/Big Sister, congregational youth groups, camps, parenting classes, stress management classes, and so on.
- Family resources: Perhaps there are relatives who can assist by spending time with your child, offering support, having the child stay with them to give you a respite, etc.
If you or anyone in your family is going through a crisis, do not hesitate to get whatever support you need.