Change in the home begins with change in the parent

It is our desire to provide practical advice and meaningful encouragement to the parents of struggling teens.

Our first message: You are not alone.

In Crisis? Start Here Video Series

“In Crisis? Start Here” was created because we want to help families across Canada, whether they are in our program or not…

Why Teens Look at Pornography

It is not easy to speak your teen, or anyone for that matter, about pornography. It can be extremely painful, and it is shrouded with shame.

Anger Management for Teens

It is important to recognize that anger in itself is not a bad emotion. It is a normal human response to feel anger when we disagree with the way someone else is acting, or if our boundaries have been crossed.

Oppositonal Defiance Disorder

Some oppositional behavior during adolescence is normal and expected. But there is a difference between an occasionally rebellious child or teen and one who has a consistent drive to defy authority.

Teen Substance Abuse

teen substance abuse One of the things that can scare a parent more than anything else is when they suspect that their son or daughter may be using or abusing drugs. Parents usually have high hopes for their children and desire what is best for them. A problem like teen substance abuse could jeopardize your child’s future, making it that much scarier. If you suspect that your son or daughter may be using drugs, the first thing to do is simply ask. It is important to have a straightforward conversation with them, even if you think it may result in…

Runaway Teens

helping runaway teens How Do You Deal With a Teenager Running Away? Having a teenage runaway is many parents’ worst nightmare. Worries about why this happened, what might happen to them while they’re gone, and how to handle the issue when they come home are enough to drive a parent insane. Running away is one of the most risky behaviors your teen can do and should be taken extremely seriously. However, there are also common mistakes that well-intentioned parents make that only prove to exacerbate the underlying problems. Following are some strategies that can be used at various stages. Watching…

Reactive Attachment Disorder

Only with intentional, long-term treatment can RAD truly be overcome. Studies have shown that this treatment is typically most successful during two times in a child’s life—early adolescence and in their thirties.

Teens with Bipolar Disorder

If you know that your child is struggling with bipolar disorder, make a conscious effort to separate yourself from the thoughts or judgments of others while seeking out positive supports.

Teens with Attention Disorders

There are many ways to combat attention deficit disorder—both medically and in your home.

Working with Disrespectful Teens

Has your once sweet and obedient child turned into a door-slamming, yelling, cursing, and disrespectful teenager?