On a recent episode of "Anderson," Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes, a leading leading psychologist who works with a lot of adolescents and parents, gave her expert opinion on whether or not calling the cops on your own children is a smart decision - for both the child and the parent.
Below, Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes shares a list of warning signs your child could be heading into dangerous waters... and tips on what to do.
Help keep your family safe...
1. A Noticeable Change in Behavior
If there is real change in your child's behavior -- withdrawn, depressed or acting out irrationally. Is he or she experiencing unusual mood swings? A big change is a huge red flag!
2. A New Group of Friends
If your child suddenly has a new group of friends, it's important to pay attention. If you are questioning this new friend circle, it's important to trust your instincts.
3. A Child's Physical Appearance Has Changed
Does your child suddenly have piercings or tattoos? Is he or she rapidly losing weight? Are eyes becoming glazed?
4. Child Suddenly Has Money
Does your child suddenly have an unexplainable amount of money -- and you don't know where it came from? Do they have new clothes? New electronics? It's important you ask yourself how are they getting this money. Where it is coming from? Additional money is a sign of drug use.
5. School-Related Issues
Has school been calling more often than usual? Are grades falling? Is your child missing class? Look out for the school expressing concern.
Get tips from Dr. Binder-Brynes on what to do to help deal with your child's behavior.
Dr. Binder-Brynes also suggested two key things for parents to remember...
1. Pay attention to siblings.
Siblings are often the first ones to voice concerns -- this is a big thing.
2. Parents need to trust their instincts.
When in doubt, go with your gut. Trust that parental intuition.
For more information on Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes, visit her website at DrKarenNYC.com
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