Teens and Adolescents in Traditional and Non-Traditional Families

"Growing up is not easy. And living with someone who is growing up can be just as difficult."

Marian has advanced training and expertise with teens living in nontraditional families. Marian has raised 4 teenagers into adulthood in a blended family including a teenager with cerebral palsy and mental challenges.

Marian can assist you and your family through the teen years. She can work with the teen alone or in a family setting, depending upon your specific needs.

Marian provides insights for dealing with discipline, daily living issues, and how to manage and maintain families. Marian is excellent working with non-traditional families. Growing up is not easy. And living with someone who is growing up can be just as difficult. American Teens live in a variety of family forms.

For example,

  • Some teens live with both parents,
  • Many live with only one parent;
  • Others live with one biological or adoptive parent and one stepparent.
  • Some do not live with either parent; instead, they are cared for by other relatives or foster parents.
  • The parents of some teens are married and others are not.
  • Some teens live with adults of the same gender.
  • Teens in┬áCohabiting Families:
  • Single-Parent Family with teens
  • Blended Families and Stepfamilies with teens
  • Grandparent-led Families
  • Teens living in families which the adults are Lesbian or Gay
  • Teens in Commuter Families
  • Teens living in Foster and Group Home Families
  • Teens living in homes with developmentally challenged siblings

Challenges to Teens Teenagers living in nontraditional families often face social challenges. Joint custody issues create stress in living conditions such as living in different parts of the country during different parts of the year. Disagreements, conflicts and inconsistent discipline methods between separated or divorced parents can cause emotional and behavioral problems with teenagers living in nontraditional families. Behavioral challenges come up as teens are exposed to tensions and conflicts between separated or divorced parents. Over time, teens begin to resent feeling that they may feel they created because of arguments between parents and sometimes take out their anger on others. If not, they end up believing that the situation is their fault and their life will always be this way.

Teens living with special needs siblings have different challenges that come up. Extra time and activities, doctor and physical therapy appointments, and sometimes people coming into the home can create tensions between family members. Feelings of guilt and embarrassment for teens in this environment need to be expressed and listened to. Sometimes it is hard to discuss difficult issues and teens appear to be "blocked off" or isolated from the family as a result of biological, environmental, or social stresses such as some of the areas previously mentioned. Signs of Mental Health Disorders can signal a need for help A teen is troubled by sad or hopeless feelings for no reason and it does not go away. A teen experiences big changes, such as showing declining performance in school. Avoiding friends or family and wanting to be alone all the time. An adolescent experiences an inability to sit still or focus attention. The Teenager needs to wash, clean things, or perform certain routines hundred of times a day, in order to avoid an unsubstantiated danger. Adolescent expresses having racing thoughts that are almost too fast to follow. Teen using drugs including alcohol. Adolescent eating large amounts of food and then purging or abusing laxatives to avoid weight gain. Teen doing things that can be life threatening.

Finding the right services for your teen is important: Get accurate information from hotlines, libraries, or other sources Seek referrals from professionals Ask questions about treatments and services. Find family network organizations. It is critical that families, who are not satisfied with the mental health care for their teens can discuss their concerns with providers, ask for information, and from other sources. Every teen' s mental health is important for the teen and the family.

Call now,(425) 337-6699, to get more information or to make an appointment.