When people tell you to talk to her, yes of course. You want to know what she was thinking. But this should never be a substitute for punishment. What she did was incredibly immature, risky and dangerous. If all you do is discuss it, she'll feel like she outsmarted you. And she'd be right.
It's also a wake up call to you and her dad. At only 13, you should have a much better idea where she is and who she's with. Obviously, you didn't know about skipping school, but who were these older teens and how does she know them? In a lot of cases, this has to do with careless monitoring of phone use. If she goes to bed with her phone at night, or you don't have passwords to all accounts, GPS monitoring connected to your phone, etc all of this needs to change.
· 1 month ago