Troubled teens are glad to know that their parents also have something to learn.
What do you need to learn?
For years I’ve been meeting with each new student the day they arrive at Shepherd’s Hill Academy. First I tell them that I love them. I tell them that no one will ever lie to them here and then I assure them that Shepherd’s Hill is a safe place, even a fun place, free of cliques and bullying. But nothing gets their attention more than when I tell them that we’ll also be working to help their parents be more effective parents. That’s when they pick their heads up and look at me with a glimmer of hope in their eyes.
By graduation day most kids say that what they really want out of their homes is the security that comes from wise boundaries that are consistently enforced by an emotionally stable and spiritually mature mother and father.
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