"I'm RUNNING AWAY!" Do you remember saying this as a kid to your parents? I do. I packed my bag and started walking down the street! Where was I going? Honestly I have no idea where I was going....I had no idea at the time either! Which is probably why I turned around and went home! I also have no recollection of what "tragic event" took place to make me want to run away! I'm sure it was something like..."no, you may not spend the night at Mindy's house!"
So, here I am with a nearly 10 year old daughter who just spouted off her version of "I'm running away" to me. But it went like this...."Don't be surprised if you wake up someday and I'm not there!" The tragic event.....SHE stepped on HER BROTHER because SHE was irritated with him because he was done her his chores and she still had to do hers! SO....I tell her to do her chores and then we will discuss consequences for stepping on her brother. AND that was the response I got....."Don't be surprised if you wake up someday and I'm not there!"
oh goodness.....I don't want to even think about the ages of 12...13..14...15..16..and so on!
What's a mom to do?