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I Ran Away From Home, But It Didn’t Fix My Problems

Teens run away from home because of family problems. I got into an argument with my stepfather and did the same. At the time, I was about five months pregnant. I thought physically leaving would solve my problems, but it didn’t. Instead, running and hiding only made my mother frantic as she tried to find me. I may have temporarily resolved the issue with my stepfather. But I was still pregnant and couldn’t get away from that. It didn’t matter if I was at my parents’ house or living with my grandparents’. The reality of the situation is I was about to become a mother.

Why teens run away

A word to any teenager who is fighting with their parents or like me isn’t getting along with their step parent, running away is never the answer. I am not talking about trying to get out of a hostile or dangerous environment which is a reason teens run away. I’m talking about situations where:   

  • You don’t want to listen or do what you’re told because you think you’re all grown up and know it all.
  • You don’t like what your parents say to you and you’re trying to prove a point.

I was that way for a while before realizing things at home weren’t going to change unless I changed my mind, attitude and behaviour.

Then I could handle the challenges which came my way. I could also act maturely and deal with myself, my issues, and my soon-to-be born child. If you are a teen who has thought of running away, why not learn from my example and get help from a trusted adult or trusted friend to resolve whatever you are trying to get away from. You might physically get out of a situation, but unless you deal with your thoughts and your heart, you’ll keep coming back to the same point.



I’m Summer Owens, and my passion is helping youth and young adults realize success no matter what obstacles they face. As an international resilience and leadership keynote speaker, author, S.O. What! Success Coach, and creator of the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum, I empower people to say, “So what!” to even their greatest challenges.  provide a framework to help people see past their challenges and focus on solutions using the S.O. What! Success System (Overcome Obstacles + Eliminate Excuses + Calculate Choices = S.O. What! Success). Through keynotes, workshops, books, online courses, and workbooks, I use life’s challenges and my own story of resilience as a rape survivor and teen mom success story to help others confidently pursue their dreams.

Looking for an inspiring college motivational speaker? A high school literacy curriculum? A middle school life skills workbook? A great example for teen mothers? A women’s empowerment or single mother’s conference speaker?  I’m your girl and will help any audience say, “S.O. What!”.