There may be trouble ahead....
Watching your children grow and develop can be as relentless as it is rewarding. The terrible twos can be very difficult. But for many families it is when adolescence strikes their once polite and obedient offspring that the hard work really begins.
In Teen Trouble: Fix My Family, three families struggling to cope with those difficult teenage years are taken on a week-long retreat to Newcastle, Co Down in a bid to help calm those troubled teenage waters. But after an intense week of team-building, outdoor activities, psychotherapy and soul-searching, can these families build the bridges they need in order to move forward in a more harmonious life?
Meet the Families: Cathy, Chloe and Beano
Mum Cathy and her partner Bernard
(Beano) are struggling with the behaviour of 13-year-old Chloe. Chloe - who has ADHD - is prone to outbursts of anger and finds it hard to get along with her mother and her stepfather Beano. And with a younger brother and sister from Cathy and Beano’s relationship, Chloe sometimes feels alienated from the current family step up.
Andrea, Joshua, Rachel and Naomi
Single mum Andrea meanwhile, has three teenage children; Naomi, 17, Rachel, 14, and Joshua, 14. A tense relationship between Naomi and Rachel over the last few years causes friction in the family home. Their constant arguing can be extreme and occasionally violent. In a bid to keep the peace and separate the sparring sisters, Andrea has given up her bedroom and now sleepson the living room sofa, while Joshua’s place in the family is overshadowed by the constant fighting between his two sisters.
Ciara and Siobhan
Mum Siobhan and 14-year-old daughter
Ciara feel like they are at the end of the road with their strained relationship. They have been suffering from a communication breakdown over the past few years and Siobhan has grown increasingly concerned about her daughter’s behaviour and attitude towards her.