Friday, January 17, 2014

When a Troubled Teen Causes Marital Strife

Recently, on our Parenting Today's Teens radio program, my guest and good friend, Dr. Melody Rhode commented that the death of a child is such a catastrophic experience in the life of parents; it leads 90% of those marriages to fail. A shocking statistic, isn't it?
In my years of working with thousands of struggling teens and their parents, I've learned that parents of troubled teens experience a similar sense of grief and loss, and also a profound sense of betrayal from their teen. Perhaps their teen has run away or otherwise has totally abandoned the family and everything they hold dear. To these parents it may seem as though a death has occurred, and as such, it similarly puts a great deal of stress on their marriage.

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