When Teens Stray: Parenting for the Long Haul

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Troubled teens. They're always somebody else's kids--right? Maybe not. You had always hoped to see your child survive adolescence without too many bumps along the way. You did all the right things you knew to do as a parent.

But despite your best efforts, your kid's in trouble. And all those simple answers you once had about how to handle teenage problems don't seem so simple anymore.

Dr. Scott Larson and his wife have spent nine years taking kids from juvenile jails into their home. He knows the questions parents in pain are desperately asking: Where should we stand firm and where should we compromise? Should we let the law intervene? Is it time to tell my teen to leave home? How can we trust a child who has betrayed our trust so many times? How can we be sure we're doing the right thing?

Dr. Larson addresses these and numerous other critical issues that must be faced when teens stray. His insights draw from biblical principles, recent social and psychological research, and years of personal and professional experience dealing with troubled teens. The result is a realistic, sensible plan of action, not just for parents, but for all adults who care for rebellious teenagers--grandparents, foster parents, teachers, youth workers, counselors, and pastors.

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When Teens Stray offers practical help to parents of rebellious teenagers. Using a unique blend of biblical principles, up-to-date research, timeless practical applications, and many years of ministry experience, the author shows parents how to launch a plan of action to care for a troubled youngster and maintain it without collapsing themselves. The author tells the stories of parents who have successfully reared troubled teens; dismisses thirteen common myths about wayward teens; presents strategies for survival with markers to determine success. He pays special attention to the personal and spiritual welfare of the parents as they dig in for the long haul.

About the Author:

Dr. Scott Larson is the executive director of Straight Ahead Ministries, which operates faith-based programs for troubled youth in a hundred facilities in 10 states. He and his wife, Hanne, have two children and live in a discipleship home with up to seven boys who have been released to them from juvenile institutions.

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