http://www.boldsky.com/pregnancy-parenting/kids/2007/children-runaway-physical-abuse.html#cmntForm Written by: By: Saneesh Michael
Published: Monday, August 27, 2007, 15:55 [IST]
Parenting Young Children
"The best way to make children good is to make them happy." - Oscar Wilde It is critical that the number of youth who run away from home is increasing in a dangerous degree. Millions of parents suffer every year because their children have run away from home. They say that "it is like a never-ending nightmare". Parents are left to struggle with why their child would leave home.
Too many teenagers run away 'from' something, rather 'to' something. "Many teenage runaways leave home in search of safety and freedom from what they consider abusive treatment, whether physical, sexual, or emotional". Running away from home is usually a quick decision.
Why do they do it? There are several reasons children run away from home. Some do so because of an unstable family situation (divorce, a death in the family, sexual or physical abuse, or drug or alcohol problems in the parents). Some run away as a response to over-control, neglect, or conditional love. Some seek to wield power over, get undue attention from, manipulate, or punish their parents. Some suffer acute personal crises like pregnancy, substance abuse, or trouble with the law. Some are depressed, and some just seek adventure or are influenced to run away by their peers.
One problem teenagers have at home these days is that both parents may be working. Mom and Dad aren't around much. They spend little time as a family. Absence of a parent does not make the heart grow fonder. Oftentimes a runaway will complain that he or...