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    Hello, I'm a girl at the age of 13 who lives with my parents and two brothers (3 & 16) my parents fight a lot and me and my mum take most care of my little brother while my dad complains about his life and my older brother only locks himself in his room most of the time (unless we're having dinner). I am in 7th grade and my grades are very bad because of my family, I never have a chance to study because of how small my room is and because I take care of my younger brother a lot. So recently I have been talking a lot with my grandpa and about sleeping over over weekends (he always says yes because he knows a lot of the stuff I get taught in school and that he can help me with the things i dont understand), but once I get home and try and talk with my mum about moving to my grandpa once my uncle moves out (he has a bigger room than the one I have at my parents house) she always says "no you're staying here, grandpa doesn't want you to live with him" which I dont really understand because I've proven to my grandpa that I can do a lot of chores myself alone and that I could even cook myself food and then clean that away and it would look like I never even did anything in the kitchen. He also says he enjoys my presents at his house and that I bright the apartment up (which he loves because i remind him of when my mum was younger). So i dont really see a problem as to why i wouldn't be able to move into his apartment once my uncle moves out. I would get a better chance to study and fix my grades, take more care of myself (bc I dont have time to take care of myself at my parents house) and bring friends over, which I cant at my parents house because it's always a mess and embarrissing whenever people come over because of the mess.
    my grandpa also wouldn't mind, I get to school myself and wash my clothes and all that.
    It would be better if I moved to my grandpas house, what should I do??

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    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
    It sounds like your grandpa’s is where you would feel most supported and safest. It is good to know you have somewhere you would feel safe. The easiest way to get that result would either to be with parent permission, otherwise your grandpa would need to sue for custody rights over you in some way.
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