Running From Control

I have edited her email to remove names and other identifying information:
“I have an 18 year old who quit school her senior year because she is in love with a 20 year old guy. I am furious because this guy wanted her to quit school to get her away from the other guys. She moved out of our house and has been living with this guy. We are definitely estranged. What is a mother to do with a daughter so messed up?”
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Would This Teen Marriage Survive?

She is 16, a junior in high school, and planning to marry her 19-year-old boyfriend when she turns 17 this summer. She says she’s “done the math” and figured out that it would be better to marry now than to wait until she graduates from high school particularly since it would also get her out of her parents’ “not-so-great” home. She says she’ll use birth control but “if there is a mistake” she’ll “take care of it and love it.”
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Teen Marriages

He is 18, his girlfriend is 15, and he says they are each others soul mates. He feels that people put too much emphasis on “things” like income and not enough on “love.” He feels that with love, everything else can be handled. He’s upset that “society” places such a high value on having a good job and making lots of money. He says it’s hypocritical that he could join the Army when he was 17 but wasn’t old enough to get married.
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Teenager In Love

She’s 15 and in love with her 19-year-old boyfriend. They’ve been dating for almost a year and she says she wants to spend the rest of her life with him. She wants to get married now instead of finishing school, college, and starting a career. She doesn’t know how to tell him that she doesn’t want to wait until he has a successful career or his college completed. She says her parents don’t understand the depth of her love.
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