Courtney said another of her clients felt their parents wouldn’t know if they left.
“If I ran away, my parents wouldn’t know. They don’t say goodnight anymore,” the six-year-old said.
A 16-year-old also felt they were being ignored, telling Courtney, “My mum says ‘in a minute’ and hours go by. This is why I yell and demand. She forgets me.”
A nine-year-old felt their mum used her phone as a way to avoid them.
“My mum is too busy she says, but she texts her friends all day. Why not tell me the truth? She is just avoiding me,” they said.
Another said they only misbehaved because they wanted attention.
“When I annoy my mum it is because I want her attention. I don’t get it any other way,” a 13-year-old said.
A 10-year-old felt their parents didn’t reciprocate the love they had for them.
“I love my mum and dad even when they yell at me. I always love them. I wish I knew that they loved me as much,” they told Courtney.
Others were upset at the way their parents punished them.
“Taking away all that I love doesn’t motivate me. It leaves me feeling hopeless,” a 10-year-old said.
“Telling me that you are disappointed in me, kills me. I didn’t do what I did to hurt you. I was just learning,” a 13-year-old said.