Teens and Life on The Streets
Many times when a teen runs away from home they will stay with friends for a while. Once their friends tire of harboring them, a teen may find him or herself on the street. Some teen’s think life on the streets will be exciting, and change of lifestyle. Little do they know the danger that a life on the streets can bring them. With no food or money, a teen will usually turn to selling themselves or drugs to survive. Some teens will sink low enough to eat out of dumpsters, and panhandle for money. The biggest danger to a teen on the streets are the predators that “take the teen in”, and then use them as prostitutes. It seems innocent enough as the pimp pretends to be sincerely interested in helping the teen. In reality the pimp is only interested in using them to generate cash for himself. Some pimps will see that the youngster becomes addicted to drugs to create another means of dependency only they can fulfill. Once addicted to drugs and living a life of prostitution, the teen begins to believe they will never be able to go home. The reality is, many parents would welcome their children back with open arms if simply given the chance. Rescuing a teen from the streets is a very noble cause, and there are some wonderful people that have made it their life work to help these misguided teens.
Troubled Teen Behavior’s
Having discussed the horrors of a life on the streets and the poor teens that are trapped there, it might be good to talk about ways to prevent this from happening. There are some great teen evaluation and behavior check lists available online. Here is a link to one that may be helpful. Teen Behavior Checklist. If a parent thinks their child is in trouble or heading in a negative direction they are probably right. A checklist can give parents an idea, but the best indicator is the still small voice that tells a person when something is not quite right. It seems that mothers have this special gift when it comes to taking care of their children. If they think something is not right, more than likely, something is not right, and they need to take action. Checklists are good, but if a teen only has one out of the 10 or 20 negative behaviors on the list, they may still be in grave danger. The truth of the matter is, most parents do not really know much about what their teen is doing. Many teens will open up after they are admitted into any type of teen program. Parents are usually shocked to find out the extent of their child’s negative behavior. In retrospect many teens will admit they were living a dangerous, even life threatening lifestyle previous to being placed in a program or boot camp. Teens are very good at hiding things from their parents, this makes the checklist only partially helpful. If a parent doesn’t really know of all the dealings of their teen they can not accurately access their behaviors. In this case the teen behavior checklist may create a false sense of security.