Being the parent of a teenager is not easy to do. When we have our kids, they do not come with instructions on how to raise them. We unfortunately have to just raise them the best we can and pray that God will give us the strength to do it the right way.

I write about a lot of missing or abused or murdered children. A lot of the times when a child goes missing the parents are ripped apart by the public because of the smallest mistake some actually make. I try not to do that because I know for a fact that the best parents in the world can also have troublesome children. They do everything they can for their children but sometimes it just doesn’t matter to the kid in question. Bottom line is that it is not always the parents fault, yet at the same time some parents can clearly be blamed.

When my kids were young it was no big deal to let them play out in the yard by themselves while I would be inside cooking, cleaning or even talking on the phone. We didn’t have to fear someone would come into my yard and take them. To be honest back then, I never gave that a second thought. However these days it seems that a parent needs to keep an eye on their children at all times. They disappear in the middle of the night even, from their own beds while they sleep. Are we supposed to sleep next to our children to keep them safe? Does it make you a bad parent if your child is kidnapped while you are sleeping at night? No, in my book it doesn’t always mean that.

What about teenagers that aren’t happy with their parent’s rules or with the chores they are assigned to do? Well some just swallow it and do what they are told but some decide they don’t have to take this and they pack a few things, usually only what they can carry, and they run away.

Before blaming the parent when a child runs away, please take the time to hear both sides of the story first. When I was sixteen I thought my parents were so mean but now as an adult I can see so clearly it was only because they loved me, that they had their rules. Kids have different reasons for running away and when they do and it is in the news, try not to judge the parent’s until both sides of the story comes out.

A reader of sent me a message about this case today and I thought it was worth writing about hoping someone has seen one or both of these kids. The Richmond Hill police Department is asking help in locating the two, so if you have any information leading to the kids please call the police department in Richmond Hill at 912-756-5645.


Missing teen, David M. Perez is 13 years old and he has been described as being a white male that is about 5’1” tall. He weighs about 120 pounds and he has black hair and brown eyes.


The other missing teen is Ashley N. Twomey. She is 15 years old. She has been described as being a white female that is about 5’3” tall and she weighs about 118 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

The two are thought to be together and have been missing since early on February 22, 2012. The police are treating this case as runaways.

I do hope and pray that the kids are OK where ever they are. There is no other information that I can find about the two, right now. I hope they have money for food and a place to stay that is safe for them until they can be found and returned home.

Jan Barrett

Update:  The two teens have been found and they are safe. They have been reunited with their families.

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