Two families in Michigan are desperate to find their runaway teenagers. Jayden Thomas and her boyfriend Braxton Wood (age 13, and 14 respectively) have been missing since Monday. The two decided to flee because their parents questioned the intensity of their relationship. I can't imagine how they are feeling in light of their children's recent flight.
Of course they must be distraught. That's a given. These kids are just that -- kids. At ages 13 and 14 their parents have barely had time to adjust to the onset of adolescence. No wonder tensions were running high. The adults were only just learning how to speak to their developing children. Ugh, this is just so frustrating and sad. Whatever pressure the kids were feeling, running away should not have been an option. There are so many other resources and I wish these two had known that.
Obviously as a younger teenager the weight of the world can feel like such a heavy thing. While Jayden and Braxton clearly didn't feel like talking to their parents was an option, this is where school counselors can be ideal. Speaking with an adult who you don't live with can provide just the right amount of distance and insight. Many of them are also glad to act as mediators between the children and their parents.
Unfortunately, Jayden and Braxton had no such adult ally. The kids took provisions with them when they left. These included a video gaming console and just under a $100. This must make them feel confident about their success on the road, but it's done nothing to soothe Jayden's mom, Kelly Drinkwine who was quoted as saying:
"There are mean, horrible people out there. Just come home, baby. Just come home."
The couple was originally thought to have fled to Florida. But, with so little cash, it is now suspected that they are still relatively close to home. Police continue to look for the teens whose absence, I'm sure has upset their entire community.