Niece wants to live with us...
My soon to be 15 year-old niece is very unhappy and wants to move away from her parents and has felt this way for a couple years. She has visited us in the past for weeks at a time and has enjoyed the ranching lifestyle. Do we entertain this idea?
She is very unhappy in the small "farming" community (1100 pop.) that she was born and raised in. She is the youngest of 3. Oldest got pregnant out of high school before she then married father, still lives in same town and seems unhappy with the choices she made. Middle child is going to be a senior (only boy) that is doing well and is treated as the "golden child" that does no wrong. (According to niece)
She matured, "developed", very early. Has no friends to speak of but has done well in school and is very talented in the arts. She thinks everyone around her drinks too much and are boring. She feels like she is drowning in her community and home. She has been defiant and argumentative with her parents for the past year or so, but lately has escalated.
She is currently staying with my mother but cannot remain there.
Her parents are at their wits end and are thinking of a girls home.
Both parents work full time at respectable careers.
We are ranchers with grown children.
Any advice will be appreciated.