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In ​2016, the Boys Town National Hotline took over 144,000 ​calls and 31,000 web contacts (emails, chats and texts), these are just a few examples of common questions ​asked and their answers.

I think my boyfriend hates me. How do I get him to like me again?

A break up can be one of the most difficult experiences ​in life. A loving relationship fills so many gaps that it’s difficult to imagine ourselves without the person we’ve grown to care about. Read more.

My child is aggressive to his siblings, how do I change his behavior?

Dealing with sibling rivalry can be frustrating for parents, especially because it is interfering with social events for the family. Good for you, though, for implementing consequences for your children’s behaviors. Continue to do so, and remember that consistency is key. Read more.

What do I do if my child talks about suicide?

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people 15-24 years old. Experts believe that statistics would be higher if other forms of self-destruction-drug overdoses, self-administered poisonings, some fatal one-car accidents-were taken into account. Suicide is a problem that you can't ignore. Read more.

My teenager seems depressed, how can I help?

When left untreated or unresolved, depression can worsen over time, so it is important to figure out what triggered it, identify healthy coping or problem-solving skills that can help resolve it, or resort to counseling or medication. Read more.

School is so hard, I can’t bear going anymore. Why do I feel like this?

Life can feel impossible sometimes. There’s never enough time to get all of the homework done, break-ups happen, mom continuously nags about chores, ​and friendships go through conflict. Read more.

My son is struggling in school, how do I get him back on track?

It's really easy to say that school's important and that they should do their homework and they should do their work, but if you're not involved, you're not making communication with the schools or teachers, then that message gets a little bit mixed. Read more.

My mom and I fight all the time, how can we get along?

You probably have the most problems with your parents when you can’t communicate or compromise with them. It doesn’t matter who is at fault – both sides may be wrong to some extent – but it is important to be able to work through things through calmly. Read more.

Why Do Teens Call the Hotline?

Teens reach out for help for a variety of reasons, the important thing is that they reach out.
Below is a snapshot of the number one reason teens called our crisis hotline in 2016

Why do teens call the hotline?  

Additional Helpful Resources

Boys Town National Hotline: Have a specific question? The Boys Town National Hotline’s specially trained counselors are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to offer you parenting advice and assistance. Ask your own question or call our 24/7 hotline at 800-448-3000. ask a question

Guides: We have identified some of the top ​parenting challenges and experiences, like bullying, discipline and potty training, and have created guides with helpful videos, articles and quick tips for you to utilize. see guides

Tools: An effec​tive way to maintain family harmony is to set up ways to keep an eye on family responsibilities by using charts and contracts. With these, consequences and rewards are contingent on specific behaviors or social skills you want to see from your kids. Check out our latest parenting tools! see tools

Your Life Your Voice: This website is part of the Boys Town National Hotline and provides kids and families the opportunity to ​ask their questions via phone, text, chat or email. Let your kids know they are not alone, support is available to them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. visit ​website