Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Why did my son run away?

Fiona Caine is here to help if you have a relationship, sexual, marriage or family problem

Last weekend my 15-year-old son disappeared overnight.

He's never done anything like this before and my husband and I were frantic.

On Sunday afternoon we were about to call the police when he walked back in and said he'd needed to be on his own for a while.

We were both furious with him and we've been so angry since that we've not really talked about it, other than to ground him.

I can't understand why, when we've always provided a secure, loving home, he couldn't just talk to us. PA

FIONA SAYS: TRY TO REASSURE HIM

Is it possible that your reaction to his disappearance is the reason why he didn't feel able to talk to you? Something is clearly troubling him. Was he worried you would lose your temper if he raised it with you?

Please do try and talk to him soon, and reassure him that you love him and that you were scared witless by his disappearance, because you care.

That may seem obvious to you, but it may not to him so make sure you tell him.

Be prepared that you may not like what he has to say, but, whatever the problem is, it's going to have to be faced.

If you find you need help to start the conversation (or with his problem once you know what it is) contact Parentline, tel: 0808 800 2222, for support.

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