msamantha444 asks:

What to do when a young child tries to run away?

we have a ten year old daughter she is extremely bright and most of the time a very well behaved young lady yesterday she tried to run away by actually sneaking out her window after an argument with her father she was gone for more than thirty minutes this has terrified and shaken all of us to the very core we have never had to deal with anything like this we are both very angry but we want to deal with this this right way to prevent pushing her to do something like this again any advice would be helpful thank you
In Topics: Parenting / Our Family, Discipline and behavior challenges, Communicating with my child (The tough talks)
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Nov 16, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

It seems that your child has crossed in to the "tween" years and is testing the adults in the home on many levels. This age range is often quite trying and variable.  Your child can be sweet and compliant one minute and then behave perhaps impulsively the next.  Sue Scheff is a well known author regarding teen and tween challenges.  Here is her website for her blog which may offer you some guidance.  

Best of luck!

Louise Masin Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
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dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi, I'm very sorry to hear about the situation with your daughter, and want to share some relevant resources on

Articles (and the toll-free hotline) of the National Runaway Switchboard (an reference partner)

Missing Children: Incidences and Characteristics of Runaway Children and Resources Available to Them (from the University of Florida, also an reference partner)

Managing Challenging Child Behavior info center

The toll-free hotline of Boys Town National Hotline (a JustAsk Expert and reference partner) Town National Hotline/

I hope these resources are helpful to your family.
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