October 2017 archive

Why Do Children Run Away from Home?

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: their child has seemingly run away from home and is nowhere to be found. There can be many reasons why this happens, but they can be very difficult to process at the time because of fear and anxiety. If your child has left home and you are not sure why, here are some possible circumstances that may have led to their decision:

Family Problems

This is the main one. The family dynamic has changed due to alcohol, drugs, domestic violence, or some other cause that has made the child feel unsafe at home.


The child may be suffering abuse at the hands of one or both parents, and/or a sibling. This could be in the form of violence, sexual molestation, or degrading verbal abuse.

Substance Abuse

If a child is drinking or doing drugs, that can negatively effect their behavior, how they are doing at school, and their interactions with friends. Parents can respond with punishment and pressure, causing the child to flee their home.

Peer Pressure

Bullying has always been an issue for children, but this problem has increased seriously in recent years due to the internet and the ease with which one can bully a peer. This abuse can also be taking place at school and the authorities there are sometimes unable or unwilling to help.

School Problems

Kids doing poorly in their classes or frequently clashing with teachers may feel that they have to get out, but do not have the option of dropping out because of parental pressure. Also, the parents may demand a level of academic performance that is beyond the child’s ability and they respond to that pressure by running away.

While most police will not consider someone officially missing until 24 hours have past, some will make concessions if the person is a minor. If your child is missing and you have checked everywhere and with everyone you know, call your local police department for assistance.


Practicing Good Car Health

If you have ever owned a car in your life, you know full well how convenient and liberating it can be. You also probably know how expensive it can be. Whether your bought your car new or used, chances are you would like it to last as long as possible. Here are some tips that can help to make that a reality:

Regular oil changes

Your oil is basically your car’s life blood. It keeps everything lubricated and functioning properly. Just like contaminated blood is not good for the body, dirty oil is bad for your car. Make sure you get the oil changed every 5000 km or every six months, whichever comes first.

Rotate your tires

Leaving your tires in the same position for many kilometres is a bad idea because they will wear out faster. This is especially true of the front tires. Have a mechanic rotate your wheels every 10,000 km. That will help your tires to last longer and make for a safer drive.

It is also a good idea to make sure that your wheels are aligned properly. Improper alignment will also cause them to wear out faster. Most any mechanic should be able to do that for you.

Regular service checks

Just as you go to the doctor every year for a physical, it is a good idea to do the same for your car. Have you ever broken down in the middle of nowhere? Not fun, was it? While some things cannot be prevented, many breakdowns are simply the result of problems that were not caught before they became detrimental to the car’s basic functioning.

Regular checkups with a qualified mechanic can mean such problems are caught before they progress to such a state. Preventive care is well worth the time and money for anyone who cares about their car.