Troubled Teens Programs

Help for Rebellious Boys and Hurting Families in a Broken World

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3
Does it seem like your sweet and loving boy is replaced by a completely different stranger? Does your teenage son rebel against everything you tell him to do? Has he become defiant, addicted to drugs and alcohol and sneaking out to places without you knowing about it? Perhaps he bullies other kids, has a mental disorder such as ADD/ADHD, or even breaks the law. And maybe you wonder sometimes if you’re responsible for the mess.

Parenting troubled teens isn’t easy. That’s where Rebellious Boys comes in, a comprehensive online resource for parents just like you. Rebellious Boys gives parents practical and godly insight for raising adolescent boys into confident young men in the midst of a broken world. Here you’ll learn how to apply biblically sound truths to solve family problems from common everyday challenges to more serious chronic issues. As Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”

Why do Teenage Boys Become Rebellious?

It may appear that boys act rebellious out of the blue, but there’s often a hidden root cause. Boys become rebellious for a variety of reasons that their friends, the schools they attend at, or even you may not be aware of. Some of them might involve the following factors:

New brain development. Scientific evidence shows that the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that controls judgment and critical thinking, is still developing for adolescents. This means that it might be harder for your teen to understand the long-term effects of his choices like you do, so take the time to help him learn how decisions made in the moment can produce lasting consequences – good and bad – that make an impact on his future.

New argument skills. Further evidence reveals that the ability to argue and express independent ideas also develops for growing teens. And, like any other stage in life, they will practice this new ability every chance they get. Patience is the key to guiding your teen through healthy critical thinking in this stage. 

A strong desire for independence. While your son’s body is going through the big change from childhood to adulthood, he’ll feel more compelled to prove his independence to you. He might be pressured by friends or his own fear into doing questionable things or even breaking the law to show that he’s in charge of himself. Most teens who are out of control express intense desires for independence that manifest into sneaking out at night, parties with friends, shoplifting, and other criminal activities. 

Challenges to authority figures. This strong desire for independence often involves challenging the authority of parents, teachers, and other adult figures in a teen’s life. You are probably well acquainted with this experience already if your son is independence-minded. Don’t be surprised if he breaks the rules on purpose to see if you follow through with your punishment. He is testing you to see how far he can go with his newfound independence. How do you respond? Be firm, be fair, and stick to your word. Like the early toddler years now is the time to set boundaries for your son – he’ll appreciate them later when he grows older.

Fear of not ‘fitting in.’ Wanting to join the ‘in crowd’ might sound contradicting to a desire for independence, but these two points actually go hand in hand. Humans as a whole are social beings to begin with and thrive in the company of others. Combining that with a growing teenager who is learning to adjust to big changes can open a tendency to loneliness and seeking companionship in the wrong places. You can prevent this issue by teaching your son to value family, choose his friends wisely and involve him in youth groups and healthy social activities. Most importantly, his sense of belonging will be satisfied if he has chosen Jesus Christ as Lord over his life. He is the One who knows your son best and will stick with him for the rest of his life.

Low self-esteem issues. Chronic loneliness and empty sense of fulfillment can predispose teens to a multitude of problems. Even if he is a ‘tough guy’ on the outside, your son may be facing low self-esteem issues and be blaming himself for the things that are happening in his life and yours. Low self-esteem is an all too common issue for teens growing up in troubled homes, living in abusive scenarios, or dealing with hard circumstances. Rebellious boys who bully others or display angry outbursts could be actually seeing themselves as worthless on the inside. Low self-esteem that is left unaddressed may lead teens to addictions with drugs, sex, and alcohol, poor grades, or thoughts of suicide. 

Rebellious Boys recognizes that every teenager has different needs and scenarios, and you know your child the best. We encourage you to explore the rest of this website to gain further knowledge and insight on the best course of action for your rebellious teenager. Don’t have a troubled teen, but know someone who does? Keep reading – you have taken the first step to help that person just by visiting our website. And spread the word! We love receiving referrals and recommendations. 

Solutions for Rebellious Boys

Has your rebellious son left your heart hurting? Are you compelled to quit everything and throw in the towel? We understand your pain. Whether your son has disobeyed you, run away from home, or is even in juvenile detention, there is still hope. Rebellious Boys helps mend the hurting relationships of young men and their parents through various ways that include the following: 

•   Expert advice from parenting professionals designed with troubled boys, parents, and teachers in mind.
•   Information about Gateway Academy for Boys, and what it can do for you and your child.
•   A regular newsletter that covers exclusive news and exciting successes from Gateway Academy for Boys.
•   In-depth testimonies, interviews, and discussions by parents and graduates on family relationships and their success stories.
•   Upcoming events hosted by Rebellious Boys / Gateway Academy for Boys organized to help parents bond with their sons.

We invite you to explore our website and discover what the power of God can do to heal your hurting family. Curious to learn more about our Gateway Academy for Boys? Read below to find out more information.

Hope that Changes Rebellious Boys for the Better – Gateway Academy for Boys

Tough love, therapists, recovery centers, boot camps, you name it – every trick in the book has been tried, but with little success. Does this sound like you with your rebellious son? Or maybe you have a rebellious nephew, grandson, or cousin you hold guardianship over? Consider Gateway Academy – it could be the answer you’ve been searching for. No matter who you are or what your background is, Gateway welcomes families from anywhere in the United States. They specialize in helping rebellious sons get back on track and find fulfillment in their lives.

Too often public schools and mainstream institutions misunderstand the needs of troubled boys. Rebellious behavior may go undetected or discovered too late, and the wrong kind of corrections could be enforced. They might view him as the source of the problem and prevent him from attending anymore, not realizing that the real problem still isn’t addressed and will continue to affect the child’s future and the future of other people in his life.

What can be done? No one is to blame for these errors; they simply arise from a lack of understanding. Hosea 4:6 in the Bible says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” In this light, Christian boarding schools for boys like Gateway Academy offer a significant advantage when secular based correction methods aren’t working. Christian boarding schools deliver change much deeper than habits or behavior – they deliver permanent change for students from the inside out. How do boys at Gateway Academy benefit from these types of schools? Here are some examples below:

•   Year-round academic programs that are based on the individual student instead of cookie-cutter groups and timetables.
•   A loving Christian organization with knowledgeable mentors who can relate to your son and understand him.
•   An environment that allows students and their families to have a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.
•   Authentic inner change that restores confidence and fulfills a purpose in life for students.
•   Custom Bible Study lessons for each student that applies the Word to their questions and situation.
•   SAT and ACT testing assistance along with genuine transferable college credits.
•   Success proven structure designed to teach students discipline and critical life skills.
•   Fosters teamwork and compassion by giving more experienced students the opportunity to mentor peers newer to the school.
•   Students enjoy the fruits of their hard work by attending fun activities, exciting athletic competitions, and national / international mission tours.

Even more exciting, parents will have the opportunity to visit their children at the school on designated family days. You might even have the chance to enjoy quality time with your son on a fishing trip in Alaska! 

Real Change that Turns Around

Christian boarding organizations like Gateway Academy for Boys offer the only real change that heals hurting families – the belief that Jesus Christ is Lord of their lives and has made all of their wrongs right again at the cross. As Jessica, the mother of a student named John at Gateway Academy had put it, “Gateway taught John self-control, physical work and teamwork, leadership skills, and integrity.  John received love, discipline, forgiveness, and persistent mentoring from dedicated staff members. Gateway is a God-send for our broken family…restoring our relationship with our son. It is a place of hope, a place of love, and a place of renewal.” It is this truth that Rebellious Boys and Gateway Academy for Boys stand firm on in our mission.

Interested in Learning More about Gateway Academy for Boys?

Whether you have tried boarding schools before or are thinking about enrolling your troubled son in one, consider a Christian boarding organization like Gateway Academy for Boys. Does the whole thing sound intimidating for you to process? We understand. The idea of ‘shipping off’ children to a boarding school can be a little scary at first and seem like a last resort for many parents, but it is well worth the effort if it benefits your son’s future. In fact, a Christian boarding organization can be your first option and save you from making costly mistakes in the long run. For more information about Gateway Christian Academy for boys, you can call anytime at 850-547-9011 or ask us for more information at

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