Parents who work very hard to provide and guide their teenagers to become successful, happy and productive know that parenting is very challenging and taxing. As a former high school administrator, I have seen many a mom and dad beam with pride at their teen's success and graduation against challenging and tempting odds. And I have seen the pain and sorrow of failure on the faces of parents and students. Frankly, I much prefer dealing with the first; but as a professional educator, my commitment is to the latter.
Statistics show that teens continue to engage in out-of-wedlock sex, juvenile delinquency, gang activity, drug use and other behaviors such as violence, poor achievement, lack of motivation, truancy and separation from school (dropping out) without graduation. Dismal as the picture may appear, however, most teen problems are neither hopeless nor incurable. A major reason why teen problems appear to be getting worse is because some parents and adults allow them to get worse by closing their eyes, mouths and ears. Adults can do something to stop this tragic cycle of loss and failure if they choose to become proactive, take a stand, stick to basic expectations, values, ideals and consequences.