Dos and Don’ts for Parents with Daughters
in Schools for Troubled Girls
Enrolling your daughter in a school for troubled girls can be one of the most challenging decisions a parent faces. Even after your troubled girl is safely enrolled in a reputable program with a beautiful campus and dedicated staff, it’s normal for parents to experience stress and separation anxiety.
To help navigate these challenges, here are some “Dos and Don’ts” for parents while their daughter is in a school for troubled girls:
DO get to know the counselors and staff caring for your troubled girl. Building rapport and trust with them is crucial for your troubled girl’s therapeutic success and peace of mind. Though it might be hard to relinquish control, having confidence in the professionals’ expertise will reduce your anxiety.
DO ask plenty of questions. Create a list of your concerns and discuss them with your troubled girl’s counselor or program director. Establishing communication channels, such as email or phone contacts, with the school for troubled girls for any issues is essential.
DO be open to feedback about your family dynamics and how they may be contributing to your troubled girl’s behavior. Remember, your troubled girl’s problems can impact the entire family, and understanding this can lead to better progress.
DO participate actively in your troubled girl’s care. Engage through phone calls, Skype, visits, letter writing, and family therapy. Your ongoing involvement is vital as a positive influence in your troubled girl’s life, even while she’s away from home.
DO take this opportunity to rebuild your relationship with your troubled girl. Use this time away from daily battles to find the fun again and strengthen your bond.
DON’T overcompensate for seeking treatment for your troubled girl. You don’t need to buy her many things to make up for her absence from home.
DON’T overreact to your troubled girl’s complaints or unhappiness during the early days of treatment. Listen to her concerns but remain united with the staff and treatment providers.
DON’T feel guilty for feeling relief that your troubled girl is in a school for troubled girls. Please acknowledge that you may have been stressed and anxious due to your child’s behavior, and find comfort in knowing she is in a safe and nurturing environment.
Clearview Offers Workshops for Parents
Throughout the year, Clearview Girls Academy offers a series of weekend workshops designed exclusively for the parents of girls in our therapeutic boarding school program. These workshops span two days, initially focusing on equipping parents with invaluable tools for self-awareness, relationship-building, and effective communication. On the third day, the girls join the workshop, allowing each family to put the acquired skills into practice.
Parents that join these transformative workshops consistently express their profound gratitude, acknowledging the blessings they bring. Our ultimate mission is to empower parents to foster whole and healthy families, creating a nurturing and supportive environment for everyone involved.
To understand how to remain actively involved in your daughter’s journey at Clearview’s school for troubled girls, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We offer additional insights and unwavering support for you and your daughter during this important chapter. Feel free to get in touch with us today.