For many parents, sending their children away is one of the hardest things they will ever do, both emotionally and financially. Although most boot camps offer numerous financial programs aimed at helping families to better manage costs by extending payments over time, they are still major investment that can stretch any family budget. But for most parents, cost is irrelevant if only help can be delivered to their troubled children.
How Does It Work?
Boot camps have different methods of dealing teenage problems, which largely depend on the clientele they are serving. Almost all, however, feature discipline, daily schedule, routine household chores, and all kinds of community activities and sports and recreation geared specifically on the positive well being of every teenage camper. Discipline and structure is imposed and is usually the foremost method in helping the teenagers gain back control of their lives. The community aspect in all activities is promoted and upheld—for this reason a good many boot camps refuse entry to teenagers with severe behavior problems, especially those involving drugs and the law. One-on-one counseling sessions by the staff—typically certified professionals in related fields—are given on a frequent basis, and is the primary method for learning of each camper’s problems.
Will it Work for Your Troubled Teenage Son?
Unfortunately, our homes may not have the things necessary for dealing with teenage problems, constant 24/7 devoted attention and an environment away from negative influences and triggering events that can produce self-destructive or self-defeating behavior are among of them. Boot camps have all of these and more: qualified professionals ready to help, a plethora of interesting activities that emphasizes on concerted effort, daily schedule and routine and more.
Most of all, boot camps offers your teenage son a new environment where nobody knows him—basically a clean slate for him where he can rework himself to a character he wants to become. With positive role models to prod and encourage him, there is a great chance of success.
Normally, rebelling teenage sons will not like the idea of being sent to a boot camp. This is where your influence as a parent is needed to change the outcome of your child’s redirection. Convincing him to attend a boot camp may not be easy, but the first step is always the most important one.
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