If you have a child whose anger issues have led them down the wrong path, you may fear that they won’t have the same opportunities as other people their age. However, even if your son or daughter has withdrawn from their studies or gotten into trouble with the law, it is still within their power – and yours – to recover from these mistakes and work toward a better future.
Such was the case with Dean Todd, a 17-year-old boy from Manchester, England, who had been written off by many as a teen delinquent. According to the Manchester Evening News, a local media outlet, Todd “fell into the wrong crowd” and began abusing alcohol at a young age. His disruptive behavior nearly resulted in an expulsion from school. While some may have presumed they knew the path the troubled teen would follow in life, one small business owner in the area saw the situation differently.
“I could see that beneath the bravado was a young lad who could change if given the chance,” Richard Adams, the owner of a Manchester glass firm, told the newspaper.
Adams decided to offer Todd an apprenticeship at his company, and even helped the boy obtain the teen anger management help he needed.
“Richard didn’t give up on me,” Todd explained. “He and my tutors acted like mentors to get me through my anger issues.”
Now, Adams says the troubled teen has surprised everyone by excelling at his apprenticeship and is now working at the company full-time.
Teaching your teen how to cope with their negative emotions without resorting to violence or aggression is a useful skill that will benefit them throughout their lives. At Conflict Coaching & Consulting, we offer online teen anger management classes that have been specifically developed to help young adults overcome this issue.