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But others are urging parent to take more . . . direct action or not approving of the path parent has chosen.

Well, only the parent knows their kid well enough to know what might or might not happen if a foot is put down.

When DD#1 was 17, she discovered that our local police force did not search for 17 yr old runaways. One evening, when she was ticked off because we wouldn't let her go out on a school night, she called a friend and "moved out"

DH packed up all her stuff and left the boxes in the middle of the room. She called a month later to ask to come home, but with "conditions" one of which was that we allow her to quit school and take the GED. I told her I don't negotiate with spoiled brats and that if she wanted to come home, we would allow her to do so only if she returned to school.

Hardest conversation ever. When we hung up I honestly didn't know if I'd ever see her again. The following week she came home while we were out of town. When we got back, she was just sitting in the middle of her bed in an empty room. She returned to school on the following Monday.

Today we have an awesome relationship. She had to make her own mistakes, which included marriage at 18, divorce at 19 and 4 kids before she was 27. But she's married to a decent guy who loves her and takes care of her. So it's all turned out okay, even if not in the way I probably would have liked 10 years ago.

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