Tips for parents whose teens are engaging in risky behaviors

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Tips for parents whose teens are engaging in risky behaviors

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There are times when our children get involved in things that we wish they wouldn't, and that we find ourselves in a really scary place, especially if our children are involved with risky behavior, such as substance abuse, or 'cutting', or other kinds of behaviors that really put them at risk. It's a scary time for us as parents, because our whole job up to this point in time has been about protecting our children and guiding our children; and now we see that our children are making choices that could result in very devastating things, including death - death, jail, in activities. Our first reaction is to jump in there and do something about that; to be confrontational, to be heavy-handed. My experience tells me that what has worked for me and for my children is to take a step back; to take a deep breath and start from a different place. Start asking the critical questions about what's going on in that young person's life and not in a judgmental way, but really saying things that can help to encourage them to share with you, so that you become a partner in finding a way so that they don't have to be participating in those behaviors.
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Shannon Crossbear

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Shannon CrossBear is a beautiful, powerful, spiritual Ojibwe and Irish woman. Shannon is an enrolled member of Fort William First Nation of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, which is located in Ontario, Canada.  She has lived on the shores of Lake Superior for the majority of her life and currently resides within the boundaries of the United States in Hovland, Minnesota. Wabagoness, her given name in Ojibwemoin, is a daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. Shannon has been a story teller for an audience of relatives and friends for many years.  As a columnist for the Cook Country News Herald she wrote over 200 hundred article under the heading Mino- Biimadizawin (the good path/life).Her purpose is to demonstrate and promote gentle healing. She expresses her commitment to healing through her business Strongheart Resource Development. Conditions within Ms. CrossBear’s family of origin and community cement her commitment to improving conditions for children, their families and communities.

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