difficult child's friend (a guy her age) is getting an apt in about a month and told difficult child she could live with him for about $100/month. WTH? difficult child is only 17, I just plunked out $1000 for her to take a couple of classes at community college and she doesn't have a job. Last week, she raised it in a counseling session and we didn't have time to discuss, which was fine with me because I don't want to "discuss". It's ludicrous at this time. I do not think she will run away before she turns 18 in October, but what else can I do at that point other than point out to her the reasons why it's a bad decision? Incidentally, her car is in MY name, registered and insured by H and me. If she leaves, shouldn't I transfer the car to her name and tell her to get herself some insurance? I feel like I'm being harder on her, but I'm not really. We pay for easy child's insurance bill, but her car and registration are in her name and she's attending school full time and doing very well. on the other hand, we had to convince difficult child to take 2 measly classes at comm coll and she barely graduated. Also, easy child worked full time summers before starting college and saved some of her own money to live off of during the school year. difficult child hasn't worked one day all summer. She has no money - she totally flew through the $1000 she had in savings this summer buying beer and cigarettes and driving all over creation. So here are the reasons its a bad idea: 1 - She will lose her health ins & auto ins. 2 - She has no job. 3 - She is supposed to start two classes next week. 4 - She is not 18 until October She is not in a position to live independently just yet. Perhaps by January, but not now. How will she pay for her insurance, gas, repairs, food, etc.? I moved into my own apt at 18 when my parents retured 3000 miles away, but by that time I was very independent already. I worked full time, paid for my own auto ins and gas, food, clothes, etc. BUT I didn't have an RX bill every month either. Hmmm. So, all you very experienced parents of teens who only live at your homes intermittently - am I being fair? Should I fight her tooth and nail over this or when she's 18, should I help her pack?