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My Son Has Joined A Gang. What Can I Do To Help Him Get Out Of The Gang?
We want the best for our children and their being in a gang will question whether we were good parents. We don`t want them to engage in criminal activity and the possibility of them going to prison just freaks you out. Your role as a parent now is to guide your son. Here are some things that you can do to help him get out of that gang ASAP.
Talk and Listen
Ask questions without insinuating anything. More often than not, there is a deeper reason why your child is in that gang. When talking to your son, treat him like an adult. Your frustrations and anger should not be expressed through shouting and constant nagging.
Making your son feel understood and loved by you is your priority here. You can also ask them what you can do to help. When you have gained his trust, try to work with him in finding the solutions to his problems and be supportive.
Finding Out the Why
There is always a reason why people gather in groups and in the case of your son, he has joined a gang for a reason and you need to find out why in order to help him get out from that gang. Here are some of those reasons.
Respect and status. This is especially true if you are in a dangerous neighborhood. Your child wants to feel safe and he can achieve that through joining a gang.
Friends and A sense of belongingness. As humans, we have an innate need to be loved and appreciated and he may not have found that in school or even your own home.
Excitement. The youngsters are free-spirited. Some want to explore and feel that adrenaline rush.
Money. Doing illegal activities might have provided your son to have an opportunity to have money in a much easier way.
Peer pressure. When he experiencing peer pressure, then he definitely needs your help. Some people just have a hard time saying no. This is also connected to having that sense of belongingness.
If you already know the reason, then you can now definitely help your child. Asking the right questions and how you say it makes a huge difference. Lastly, do not blame yourself completely. We are born with free will and the final say is still up to the individual person.
Seek Help from Local Youth Organizations
When all your effort results in nothing, it is time to seek help. Organizations like this can offer specialist support and programs to help your child leave the gang. They are more capable of handling these things than you dealing with this alone.
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