When you were a kid did you ever "runaway" to a friend or neighbors? What's the protocol for the adult here?

MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR'S CHILD CAME OVER BECAUSE HE WAS "RUNNING AWAY." WHAT SHOULD I DO?photocreditMOLLY: A reader from Colorado wrote us this question about her 10-year old neighbor....more

I Gave My 8-Year-Old Son Permission to Run Away

"Nobody likes me in this family," Ryan ranted from his corner. And guess what, I don't like any of you back! I hate you all, even you!" Me? I sat on the edge of his bed. I took a breath. Not so easy to breathe frankly, when my child can yell at me and I yearn to yell back, to lapse into the equally childish. So before I could think of what to say, I said what I felt: "That's hurtful." My son's anger turned muted. Tearful. But he held his resolve. "I don't care! I'm running away! To California. The very farthest place on earth I can get from here." ...more
If I had expected that my 7y.o. boy would want to run away, I would have read your post first. I ...more