Two weeks in a row with Tuesday Topics! I think I’m on a roll. This comes from Charity,
Out of our 8 children, we have 2 runners. kids who get overwhelmed by simple things, like being corrected, or not being able to feel heard when they have to take turns in normal family conversations… how do you deal with those who run, especially when they have no history with you. i feel like the only reason i can hope that they won’t just run away from home is that eventually they will realize the world is scarier alone, and they will come back wanting to work on things here…
My friend and I were talking about this just yesterday. She has a child who used to “run away” for short periods of time – think hours, not days. Other friends have kids who have run to a friend’s house and hidden out there. Of course, this is far different from the terrifying situation of a child who literally runs away and doesn’t come home.
We live out of town and our driveway leads to the highway, which is fairly scary. While we’ve had issues with a child in the midst of a rage “running away”, even into the snow with no shoes or coat, only once has one of our children left our property. Thankfully, she walked to a friend’s house who called to let me know.
How about your family? Do you have a child who “runs away” when things get difficult? How do you handle it? Do you let them go, follow them, call the police, call your husband home from work, what else…?
While this may seem like a strange question to some, this is a very real “how do we handle this???” moment for lots of families.
Please share your thoughts as a comment – even if you aren’t sure you can help. Let’s brainstorm together.
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Encourage one another,
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