I recently began working at a group home with mostly teenage girls who have nowhere else to go. They have behavioral and emotional issues. Most have been abused, some severely. They act out, are disrespectful, disobedient, etc. The severity ranges from kids who are just confused about life to kids who are developmentally disabled and in trouble with the law.
They don't seem to understand that following rules is an important life skill to learn and that when they follow rules they can get all of the priveleges and rewards they want. Sometimes I think they just argue because they are bored. Plus, because of the way the "system" is set up, they know they can get away with certain things so they take advantage of that.
Any advice from folks who have worked with these kinds of kids is appreciated!