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    I’m a 13 year old female, (I don’t actually know if this would be relevant to the situation or not), and I’ve lived with my mom since around the age of 5, and my mom and dad divorced. I’ve lived with my sister (half-sister with a different father) my whole entire life until she went to college across the country this year. I’ve never had a bad relationship with my dad but I don’t get to see him as often as I used to. However I do NOT have a good relationship with my mom. She yells a lot, if I’m being honest I don’t truly know if she cares about me, and she’s really taken a toll on my mental health. When I visit my dad he’s very caring and a truly good person. He has a good job, a nice house, a dog, and a wonderful girlfriend. Every time I see him I forget all my problems because he’s a GOOD parent. I feel so much safer with him and I’d like to live with him instead of my mother. Even if there IS a chance of my dad getting full-custody I don’t know how I’d bring up the conversation, or ask about it. I may never want to see my mom again but I still don’t feel like flat out saying “I don’t want to live with you”. I really love my dad and he is a genuinely good person (doesn’t believe in hitting children, goes to church, works a great job making quite a bit of money.). My dad always tells me how much he wishes I could stay and I really want to but I don’t know how I’d go about it. HELP!

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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a difficult situation, and we want you to know that you are not alone.
    It does seem like having this conversation with your mother could be tough and emotional. At NRS we can help you have this conversation by doing a conference call. How that works is, you would call us and we call out to your mother and help you have the conversation. We would be there for support and to help mediate the conversation. Another idea you could consider would be to ask about staying with your dad during school breaks. With that choice you would still be able to see your dad and get a small break from your mother.
    We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more options, please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support to you. We wish you the best of luck!
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