With a couple more teen parent killers arrested for the violent murder of one of their mothers, I find myself looking at my boys out the corners of my eyes.
Could my kids ever kill me? Would my own flesh and blood ever want to murder me? Nah, they would never...
After reading about yesterday's arrest of 14-year-old Tylar Witt and her boyfriend 19-year-old Steven Colver for the murder of Tylar's mother, 47-year-old Joanne Witt, I spent the rest of the evening tiptoeing around my boys, hoping not to *upset* anyone.
Maybe I should *not* have made my older son clean his room? Maybe I should have gotten my younger son some milk the *first* time he asked.
But, of course, this is serious stuff, folks. Serious, unspeakable, and disturbing to most of us moms who are just starting out or midway through raising our children. It's already hard not to second-guess the choices we make as parents, even without news stories like these. I mean, I doubt any mother ever thinks her child is going to crack and do something as horrific as commit murder, let alone murder his/her own parents.
I felt a little better after perusing this piece in the Denver Post on Teens who kill parents. The reporter gets his many of his facts from Kathleen Heide, a psychotherapist and nationally recognized criminology professor at the University of South Florida who also published a book in 1992, Why Kids Kill Parents.
Heide says that kids under 21 kill a parent or step-parent about 114 times each year in the United States. Yikes!
In all cases, however, she says, the child was somehow "maltreated," and, except with a few rare exceptions, "healthy kids don't kill good parents."
Okay, that makes me feel a *little* better.
Read on to find out how Heide categorizes teen parent-killers into three groups and lists some of the commonalities she has found among young parent killers.
How do you react to these news stories about teen-aged parent killers?