The rocky road to adulthood can be the most difficult just before it is achieved, and many parents have found that their child coming of age is a time when they feel old and worn. The constant battle to keep them safe is one parents see as a losing proposition, and their younger’s dates might be a frightening collection of people from the wrong side of town. Worst of all, parents know that their children can choose to elope as soon as they are of legal age. It might be a nightmare they have occasionally experienced, but they must be prepared for it to become reality.
The failure to approve of a dating relationship between their child and someone else is a common one, but parents who have cut off communications are leaving their new adult with few options. Keeping the lines of communication open after an elopement is the best way to help if things go as bad as the parents have imagined.