He was spending more late hours with her on the phone.They realized it was much more serious than they imagined when they walked in on him in his room and he clumsily tried to hide a razor blade under his pillow.
Waiting and hoping that a mine-field relationship gets better is never a good strategy.
The Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System provides a list of warning signs of bad teen relationships that can be a discussion starter.
For peer support, the organization Teens Experiencing Abusive Relationships (TEAR) offers support and information for teens online.
How can parents improve their monitoring of the signs of dysfunctional teen dating and relationships when teens can be so secretive and indirect?
There are a few early signs that should cue parents that open communication about what is happening is needed immediately: Parents do need to intervene in many of these situations because teens are limited in the skills and tools they possess to stop behaviors that are frightening them.