Boys Ranches Can Be Life-Savers for Families Who Have a Teen That is Struggling with Self-Destructive Behaviors
No Parent Wants to See Their Son Struggle. Especially When that Struggle Spirals Him Into a Life-Threatening Pattern, it Can be Unbearable to Watch.
Whether drugs, alcohol, sex, illegal activity, mental disorders, or a combination of them is the grip, it doesn’t matter – they can all lead victims down the same destructive path, and in some cases premature death. You’ve thrown every life ring you could think of to save your child from a difficult future – tough love, new schools, homeschooling, counseling, – but no success. Your child might have been to boarding schools before with little results. Are there any options left to change your troubled teen for the better? Yes, there is still hope. Boys ranches can make a difference.
If your child has a history with any of these problems, you are not alone. The majority of public school students in the US develop drinking, smoking, and illegal drug addictions before age 18, and one in ten US children are impaired with some form of mental illness. Chances are, your teen is probably one of them. You may have noticed him suddenly change his behavior, hang out with the ‘wrong crowd,’ or withdraw from you. He might not be doing well in school or skip classes altogether. Common signs of troubled teens are also rebellious attitudes and responses toward parents, teachers, and other authority figures.
The Difference Between Other Schools and Boys Ranches
Many public and private schools don’t know how to handle troubled teens. Behavioral problems often go undetected, and when discovered the correction could be misapplied. A troubled teen might pick up on this and overpower him correctors with physical strength. They might claim that the boy is the source of the problem and expel him from the school. Sadly, the real problem is not addressed and it continues to follow the child into his future.
This common tragedy in public and boarding schools is no fault of anyone’s own; it simply comes from a lack of training and experience. That’s where a Christian boarding school for teens can help. Boys ranches like Teen Challenge Ranch offer a significant advantage to troubled children when other school methods aren’t effective at correcting them. Benefits for troubled boys that attend Christian boarding schools include:
- Competitive athletics, appealing activities, and national / international mission tours
- Excellent individual-paced academic programs that are open year round
- Transferrable credits to college with SAT and ACT assistance
- Restored confidence and sense of purpose in life
- Opportunity to learn valuable skills in leadership, discipline, and teamwork
- Help from knowledgeable mentors who understand and can relate to your child
- A lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ that transforms lives and heals hurting families
- Individualized Bible Study lessons that foster success and apply the Word to each young man’s situation and needs
All of these benefits and more are available for students at Clearview.
Boys Ranches Help Hurting Families Heal
Problems with troubled teens often stem from a deeper issue. Learning disorders, lack of harmony in the home, family divorces, stressful transitions, traumatic events, and a difficult childhood are all plausible causes that trigger a troubled child’s behaviors in the first place. Oftentimes he will turn to something to try to soothe the pain or cover it up. Acceptance in a lawbreaking group can make him feel like a tough guy, but produce a false sense of self-worth. Addictions offer a temporary escape from a harsh reality, but the void is still there. Worse, experimenting with such risky endeavors can produce grave consequences for a young man’s body, mind and spirit.
Boys ranches are an excellent choice to consider when nothing else seems to be working for your son. In fact, it can be your first choice! Therapy programs and formulas don’t address the needs of the heart, but the loving environment of a Christian boarding school and boys ranch does. At the end of the day, only one thing can heal your child from the problems of his troubled lifestyle – the personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord in His life and the belief that He has rescued him from all of his sins. Only then can that void be filled with love and peace in his heart and his life truly changed for the better.
Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch…Transforming Troubled Boys into Young Men of Character
Our boys ranches in Arkansas offers a nurturing environment where teenage boys 14-17 can find unconditional support and guidance. If your child is suffering from behavior issues, depression, or is making choices that cause harm to himself or others, we are here to help. Since 1973, we’ve been here to help boys suffering from a variety of personal issues, especially including: self-destructive behavior and thoughtless attitudes, failing in school, or school expulsion, addictions and drug use, reactive attachment disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), PTSD, and depression.
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