Your heart starts pounding and you fly into panic mode, calling her friends, your relatives, and the police. James Lehman has worked with runaway teens for many years, and in this new EP series he explains why kids run away, ways you can stop them, and how to handle their behavior when they come home. The intent of this article is to support parents in situations where their child uses running away as a faulty problem-solving skill in response to rules or limits that are being set in the home. Sometimes there are underlying issues that may influence a child or teen to run away. This article is not intended to address situations that may possibly involve abuse, neglect or other issues. In order to do it you need three things:
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One in seven adolescents will run away in their lifetime, and as many as 3 million kids are on the run in the United States, according to GirlsHealth. Department of Health and Human Services. The reasons for running away can differ as much as the kids themselves. Drugs or Alcohol Drugs or alcohol can have a significant effect on a teenager deciding to run. The substance abuse might be present in the one or both parents or in the teenager himself, according to the KidsHealth website. A teenager who runs because of a substance abuse habit might seek to hide the problem from parents.
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Maybe you packed up your backpack and made it down the driveway or around the corner to your friend's backyard. But after a little while, you forgot why you were running away and it was getting dark out, so you went home. We hope that was the last time you thought about running away because there's a big difference between thinking about running away or walking a few blocks down the street and actually running away. Running away is a serious problem. According to the National Runaway Switchboard, an organization that takes calls and helps kids who have run away or are thinking of running away, 1 in 7 kids between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away at some point.
Ryan The teen years are a time for exploration and discovery, and teenagers sometimes challenge behavioral boundaries set by parents, schools and society. For many teens, this means staying out late or refusing to follow directions. More defiant teens test the rules by running away from home. Not all teens run away to challenge authority -- some flee due to pressures from family or to escape abuse at home. Personal Crisis Some runaways fear the reaction at home to personal issues, including pregnancy or the need to pursue life as a bisexual, gay or lesbian.