Lately, we’ve been watching episodes of the detective show “Runaway Squad” on DVR. The way that the parents act on this show bugs the heck out of me, so today I am going to spout off about it.
The premise of the show is that families hire this elite group of seasoned investigators to find their children after they have run away from home and disappeared from their lives. Often, the squad first begins ferreting out clues many months after the kid absconded. Typically, the rogue teen is located somewhere in New York City, ground zero for the nation’s runaways. While New York has become the destination due to the ease of blending into the city and the multitude of opportunities there, it is also a dangerous center of exploitation where both girls and boys often end up sucked into the sex trade.
Predictably, the squad gets their man (or woman) and sits down for a discussion with the newly reunited family. What transpires never ceases to amaze me. After the tearful hugs, the parent(s) begin raging with anger at the recovered kid. How could you do this to us? How could you not take our feelings into consideration and allow us to wonder whether you were alive or dead?
Um, excuse me? First of all, after you’ve gone through the effort and money of hiring the Runaway Squad and then successfully recovered your kid, you think you’d act a little grateful that your kid is back at home? Secondly, you know perfectly well why your kid ran away from home. Either it was a difference of opinion about a boyfriend/girlfriend or about religion or about privileges or about lifestyle choices or about something. Parents, how could you fail to take your kid’s feelings into consideration on an issue that meant so much to them that they felt they had no choice but to run away from home? You only see what your kid did to you, but you refuse to see what you did to your kid to cause him or her to leave home in the first place.
Wise up, parents, it’s not all about you.