I also touched on the fact that sometimes, despite our very best efforts, our children can begin acting out as a result of getting in with the wrong crowd, or if there's been some type of abuse. Sometimes parents will chalk up the changes in attitude and behavior to adolescence. But if those changes are sudden, there may be something else going on.
I wanted to share with you this excellent discussion with Psychologist Dr. Dan Allender on Focus On The Family's website that speaks to this very thing. Dr. Allender discusses what to do if you notice a sudden and negative change in your child and you suspect he or she may have been abused.
The only thing worse than having to go through a situation like that as a child is having to go through it alone. But there is help and there is hope.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.