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I want to run away from home. Should I?

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Last Updated: 02/22/2021 at 6:32pm
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March 10th, 2016 9:39pm
No. No, you should not. Listen to me: If things are really bad at home, you can call Children's Help Center, or talk to a therapist. You can also see if you can stay with a friend for a while, but living on the streets is NEVER a good option.
March 17th, 2016 6:28pm
I'd like to say there is always a situation you don't want to happen but it has to. Abuse at home is in my eyes an excuse to leave, run, go.
March 24th, 2016 10:00pm
From my own personal experience of running away when I was young...I can say that you shouldn't. Running from home can lead to you and others (especially your family) to become anxious and stressed, It just ain't a smart move (until you're old enough to).
March 31st, 2016 2:30am
It depends on your age, and also if you can, i often feel like running away when life gets to much, but i have learn't to find coping mechanisms. I don't know your situation or what you are going through, but if you can find time for yourself, or able to do some mindfulness, that will help! Don't make a permanent decision based on a temporary emotion!
February 17th, 2016 5:25am
I don't think so because you have school and where should you stay but the descion is yours to make just make the right one.
March 6th, 2016 8:20pm
No, you shouldn't. Instead, you should call (800) 621-4000 and don't run away without a financial plan. Talk to your parents are it, and make sure you have financial plans before running away; this protects your future as a runaway, so get help before acting, and I understand how you feel.
March 9th, 2016 1:46am
Consider the consequences. You will be without the luxury of a home, hot food, a warm bed, a roof to keep you dry, etc... Realize the risks before doing so. If you absolutely feel the need to get away from your home you are currently staying in, speak with an adult you are comfortable with. They can help you with you situation.
March 18th, 2016 4:43pm
It's your choice: You have a family who loves and wants to take care of you, or you can run to nowhere with no one to take care of you. Your community loves you. Don't let anyone tell you different.
February 14th, 2016 9:45pm
no it will worse the situation and you will regret it and will solve nothing , running is not a good idea this world is not that safe and there can be more dangers that you dont even know until you keep a step outside
February 15th, 2016 4:48am
Probably not. You shouldn't even consider this unless you've called 911 for serious family stress. If all else fails and your safety is at risk, then perhaps fleeing is the only remaining resort.
February 19th, 2016 8:19pm
Are you getting abused? Because if you are you should go to the police or someone you can trust. If you think that your parents don't understand you or you don't like they way they treat you talk to them. Tell them what your going through what your feelings are. It helps to have your parents understand and then maybe you guys could make a compromise!
February 26th, 2016 4:30pm
I think it's better if you don't. Unless you have abusive parents, even then don't run away, just contact the authorities. And if ur still a teen I would advise not to run away. Running away is never a solution.
March 26th, 2016 5:17pm
If you're a young person and you need refuge from an abusive situation please ask someone you trust to help you. If you're an older person the same would apply of course, but hopefully you won't have the added vulnerability of youth to cope with. I'm a 48 year old woman and I often feel like running away from home. I day dream that I will wipe the slate clean, wake up feeling calm, happy and balanced and find a great job while handily finding a house I can afford to rent. The reality would be far less of a fairy-tale and although I still feel the urge to run and hide I know I can't do it. I try instead to carve a little piece of my home out just for ME and while I haven't quite managed it yet I hope I will in the future.
April 1st, 2016 5:27am
No, you shouldn't. Running away from your problems looks the easy way out,but it isn't. You should share your problems with someone if you're feeling anxious or nervy.
April 7th, 2016 9:12pm
You should not. Running away from home can never be a solution to do better in your life. In stead, one needs to try get by their own and have courage enough to speak up and then leave.
April 15th, 2016 2:35pm
no! dear, if you are in a problem,try to face it,running away from problems do not solve them,....!!
February 19th, 2016 3:07am
No. That will only make the situation worse. Try to look at things from a different perspective as in, at else can you do to cope with your problems besides simply running away from them? Can you go live with a relative or a close, trustworthy friend who has a safe home? Can you get a job and save up money so you can start preparing to live on your own? Because once you're of a certain age, you are legally free to leave home and live wherever you like. These are some things you can think about.
February 19th, 2016 9:13am
No, you definetly shouldn't. First of all, you should know if it's worth it, and maybe you could tell someone, that might help!
March 3rd, 2016 12:50am
Take a deep breath and step back -- analyze the situation. What has you so upset? Why do you want to leave home? What can you do to remedy the situation right now? Do you have any long-range plans for dealing with the issues?
March 3rd, 2016 3:45pm
Life might seem hard right now, but things will look up. If you are set on running away, try and think about where you would go and if it would be beneficial. would conditions worsen?
March 5th, 2016 7:58pm
Talk to your parents whenever they are free enough to spend sometime for you. But most importantly when you are willing to open up as they would have tons of questions to ask so you must be prepared to answer them peacefuly. If you don't like being interrogated, then tell them to just listen to you without being questioned before hand
March 12th, 2016 2:25am
You should not because just like inside out your parents might be worried sick for seeing you run away from certain reason or purposes they might think they have done something wrong to make you decide to take off.
March 12th, 2016 6:52am
its not a good idea, the problems you are facing wont go away as predicted you should talk to an adult
March 18th, 2016 8:55am
Usually the same problems we run away from are just waiting for us in another form elsewhere. I believe there's some sort of order in the universe, and barring anything really extreme the situation you've been presented with is likely something that it's good for you to learn to skillfully overcome.
March 19th, 2016 5:46am
"Running away" is never the answer, the issues and the problems most often follow. Depending on the situation you may need to leave home, but running generally is not the best idea.
March 20th, 2016 2:40pm
Nope ! You will lose more than you will gain. Running away from any place or thing or person is just a bad idea, confront it, fight it and survive it but do not run away cowardly, separate with dignity and for that become independent enough.
March 22nd, 2016 7:35pm
Before you make such a big decision, what are the pros and cons to running away? Would your life be better on the street or at home? Would you be safer? What about shelter? Food? There are so many more things to worry about, think it through before deciding anything.
March 24th, 2016 7:24pm
Running away from home is a serious deal. Having ran away from home myself at a young age, I found that by doing that it hurt more people and only made things more worse. It's not like the movies where the parents forgive you automatically. Running away from home I realized was me running away from my problems. I advise anyone who would consider to run away from home, to take some time to think of those you will hurt in the process of running away, and whether or not that is really something you want to risk.
March 26th, 2016 12:00pm
It shouldn't be your top priority. You must first try to sort things out in a generalized manner. Abandoning one's home is usually an act of rebellion, it could even be of an ambitious drive but whatever your reason might be, please ask yourself if its really something worth taking the risk. Lastly, don't pack your bags and hop on a ride for a hippie kind of trip, plan out everything.
March 30th, 2016 10:35pm
I don't think you should run away. If there are problems going on that need to be addressed immediately, seek professional help such as the authorities. If your family is mean to you in any way, try and find support in people who you know will be capable of being there for you. Even if you have a house to go to if you do run away, if you're underage make sure to check laws in your area about it, because you could be arrested and placed in juvenile detention if your family decides to call the authorities. There's also the matter of food, a more permanent place to live when the person you're staying with is unable to support you any longer, and what you'll do when you run out of options. Plan to leave, but don't run away.