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Teen Boot Camps vs Therapeutic Boarding Schools for Girls

A Healthy Alternative to Girls Boot Camps

Around 50 years ago, a common option for parents of troubled teens was to send them to a military schools to help them get back on track. As military schools became more selective, boot camps for teens that were designed specifically for troubled teens came into existence. Due to their military history, these camps used harsh discipline and regimented schedules to try to shock teens back to good behavior. If you are struggling with your daughter and are looking for a boot camp for girls, there are other choices.

Punishment vs. Long-Term Change

If you are at your wit’s end with your daughter’s blatantly rebellious, and maybe even dangerous behavior, it may be tempting to look for a boot camp for girls that will serve as a punishment. Instead, consider looking for a program that will help her find healing and lasting change, while still maintaining structure and discipline. Boot camps often work to force teen girls to change their behavior, without addressing the thought patterns and beliefs that caused the behavior. So while a boot camp may offer a short-term fix, it is likely that after returning home your daughter will either slip back into her old bad habits, or just become better at hiding them from you.

Battling Insecurity

Teen girls often struggle with insecurity. A boot camp for girls that uses degradation or deprivation as punishment will likely only cause more harm to your daughter’s already fragile self-esteem. Instead, look for a program that uses positive reinforcement to encourage your daughter in her skills and strengths. This encouragement can come through therapy, new experiences, and mentoring relationships—all aspects found at good therapeutic boarding schools for girls, residential programs, or wilderness camps. The goal is that your daughter will eventually make her own choice to change her thought patterns and subsequent behavior, rather than being forced to change.

Our therapeutic boarding school has an affordable monthly tuition rate compared to other stateside programs, plus the unique location being in the Dominican Republic offers many things that domestic programs and other traditional teen boot camps cannot: an opportunity to focus, a shift away from material value, a fresh start, healing for your family, a chance to rediscover hope, an integrated approach and personal time of growth for your teen.

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