RM asks: I have a 14-year-old daughter who keeps leaving home. She is in a social network with girls 16/17 years old and moving from family to family. This time she is stating she is being abused by me (mother) and brothers aged 16 and 20. Of course this is all lies to get families to feel sorry for her. Also she is saying she is 15. She clearly wants to spend weekends with these teenagers partying and drinking. They are not from her school. She also has frequently not been attending her private school and not associating with kids from school, as she no longer really has friends within her own age group.
We live in a country town, and she travels by bus 45 mins to school. She was purposely beginning to miss the bus, so she could be where these new friends are. When she was coming home she would be fine for a few days, but wasn’t happy with having any rules at home and she would start with the verbal abuse which would be out of control until she left this time five days ago. I have found out where she is through schools and Facebook. When I contact parents where she is staying and explain the situation they are very understanding and they have tried to encourage my daughter to go home, but she says she will never go home.
We have a very stable home environment. I don’t know what to do next. I’m afraid I’ve lost my daughter at 14. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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