What can you do when your 15 year old daughter threatens to run away?

Karen - posted on 07/10/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a 15 year old daughter who has on more than one occasion threatened to run away from home. As a parent what can I do?

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Krista - posted on 07/10/2012

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I would sit down and very calmly say, "Okay, let's plan this then. Where are you going to live? And what will you do for money?" Go over every logistic with her.

Then, once she's realized that she's painted herself into a corner, you say, "Look. I love you very much. And I don't want you to leave home. But we do have to have certain rules in place to make sure that the household runs smoothly, and also to keep you safe. Let's talk about it -- maybe if you get a better understanding as to the reasoning behind the rules, it'll help."

Is there any one particular situation or incident that tends to trigger this threat?

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Karen - posted on 07/10/2012

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It usually happens when she is being punished (I take away internet access, usually for one night) that she makes this threat.

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