Dear Aunty Lisa,

I have a 17-year-old daughter who started stealing when she was in primary school. She could steal even snacks from classmates. I would be called to school day after day to handle one case after another. Apart from stealing, she was also vert stubborn. She would cause trouble between and amongst other pupils by spreading false and malicious stories, causing them to knock heads.

This bad behavior continued when she went to high school. One day, she stole a phone and was taken to a police station where she was beaten and made to spend one night in cell. She changed for a week but went back to her bad behavior. When I try to correct her, she would say that I treat her as a step child and that I hate her. None of her siblings have behave like this.

Sometimes, she would borrow money from people using my name, then I will be forced to pay. Yesterday, she tried to commit suicide and decided to move out afterwards. She is just 17. Right now, I don’t know where she is. She has already quit school. This child has brought a lot of problems to me with my neighbors and everyone else. She has brought shame to our family and now she has moved out.

If you were faced with my situation, what would you do?

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