It hurts so much!!!

S - posted on 10/03/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter ran away for the third time. She's 17. This time I am emptying out her bedroom all except for the bed, and I am so crushed, crying my eyes out.

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S - posted on 10/03/2012

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Thank you for writing!

I live in Maine, and I can not kick her out or turn her away until she is 18. She hooks up with strange older guys she meets online. She sneaks out in the night and comes in early mornings. I am disgusted- it is so weird, she';s not the usual defiant teen, she is quiet, she's never verbally nasty to me, she just cries when I get upset with her. I did the same thing you did. I pulled her out of school (the only thing she did in school was use the computers to hook up with guys) Got her GED, enrolled her in community college- once she got there it was right back to the same old habits...

I tried telling her if she goes out in the night she can't come back, but DHS says I can not do that. So if she comes back again, I have to open the door... I have been strong with her, I stand firm on what is ok and what is unacceptable. I think everything is going ok, only to find out she's been doing it again. She is not learning how to be a grown up. I am worried sick.

I guess we have a lot in common with our teens. Thanks again.

User - posted on 10/03/2012

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My son is 17. He has run away 2 times. The first time for almost a week to go live with his girlfriend who is a high school dropout. He was 15. The second time for 4 days. The first time I cried and cried and begged and always texted his girlfriend who was denying he was with her. Police could not do anything at the time. he came back and got even worse!!! The second time I did not call, I didnt text anyone nothing!!! His therapist told me not to. He slept at a friends house the first night and I dont know where he was the following nights. But I did report him missing/runaway and they sent a detective to my house. Well, he came back and I told him.. rules didnt change and if he ran away again, he would not have a home to come back to because I would be gone.. He will turn 18 next September and he is still a bad teen. Making bad choices, running around with delinquesnts, smoking pot, partying. I have had to pull him out of public schools because he was constantly getting into trouble, cutting classes, wearing fancy stuff and getting beat up.,.etc.. and I am paying a lot of money in a community college to get him his GED with college classes. If he messes that up- I have nothing else to offer him... So hang in strong.. Big hugs.. and I hope my story has helped you.

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