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Signs your child might be considering running away

By Tania Mashburn | Posted - Nov 11th, 2013 @ 11:28pm


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SALT LAKE CITY — Kids who run away face very real risks. So, how do you know if your son or daughter is thinking about running away?

Most of the time, a child won't come out and tell you they're going to run away, but sometimes actions speak louder than words. Watch for changes in behaviors or patterns, like if your child:

  • Stops eating or starts over-eating
  • Sleeps all day or not at all
  • Has abnormal mood swings
  • Displays rebellious behavior or an unusual accumulation of money or possessions
  • Threatens to run away

While talking to your kids is the most important thing you can do, it's not always easy.

Douglas Bunker, who holds a doctorate degree in family psychology and is family therapist Salt Lake County Youth Services, spoke with KSL about runaways. He detailed what they might be thinking, what parents can do if they feel like their teenager is distancing themselves, and how parents can build a good relationship with their teen.

Click the play button above to watch Dr. Bunker's interview on KSL 5 News at 10 p.m.

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