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Parental Pleas for the Safe Return of Missing Children

Investigators arrested Clark Rockefeller, a father who allegedly kidnapped his seven-year-old daughter, Reigh Boss, in Boston last Sunday during their supervised visitation. Prior to the girl's safe return, her mother, Sandra Boss, issued a video plea to her ex-husband to return their daughter. While that footage didn't seem to affect the outcome of the situation, it got me thinking about the horrendous situation that parents of missing children find themselves in. Aside from the obvious anguish of wondering where their offspring is, moms and dads often release seemingly composed statements to the abductor. As a parent, I'd do anything for my child, but I would find it difficult to hold back my emotions in trying to get them back — especially if I were directing those comments toward a former spouse. Would you?

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leeannpr31 leeannpr31 7 years
I don't know if this is really true or not but I've heard that parents are told to be calm and try to hold back emotions because if the person is unstable they are more likely to respond to the parents emotions in an unhealthy way. Where most people watching the parents in agony would feel sympathtic, an unbalanced person would be more likely to feel they've done the right thing or even just get a kick out of it and be more likely to hurt the children to get more of a reaction. Don't know if this is true or not, just something I've heard.
leeannpr31 leeannpr31 7 years
I don't know if this is really true or not but I've heard that parents are told to be calm and try to hold back emotions because if the person is unstable they are more likely to respond to the parents emotions in an unhealthy way. Where most people watching the parents in agony would feel sympathtic, an unbalanced person would be more likely to feel they've done the right thing or even just get a kick out of it and be more likely to hurt the children to get more of a reaction.Don't know if this is true or not, just something I've heard.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
i agree, i think doing something is making you feel positive for at least that moment. this whole story is odd. the man just randomly choose that last name and the mom was in europe when her daughter was taken? the one time my daughter with autism was gone for about 45 minutes was agony. at one point a police officer told me "they've got her they're bringing her home right now". and when the squad car pulled up it wasn't her. looked nothing like her and was about 4 years younger (2 vs. 6). i remember thinking "that's it. she's gone and we'll never know what happened to her". everything went black and i felt like i was going to throw up. if my other 2 younger kids hadn't been there i probably would have been screaming like a crazy person. we were talking about that the other day, wondering who's child that was that they brought to our house. both my younger girls remember that.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
i agree, i think doing something is making you feel positive for at least that moment. this whole story is odd. the man just randomly choose that last name and the mom was in europe when her daughter was taken? the one time my daughter with autism was gone for about 45 minutes was agony. at one point a police officer told me "they've got her they're bringing her home right now". and when the squad car pulled up it wasn't her. looked nothing like her and was about 4 years younger (2 vs. 6). i remember thinking "that's it. she's gone and we'll never know what happened to her". everything went black and i felt like i was going to throw up. if my other 2 younger kids hadn't been there i probably would have been screaming like a crazy person. we were talking about that the other day, wondering who's child that was that they brought to our house. both my younger girls remember that.
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years
And maybe it has something to do with the fact that they are generally having to sit around and feel unbelievably helpless. Maybe having something they can do is almost a relief...?
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years
I would think that this situation is a little different. At least she doesn't have the anguish of not having any idea who has her child and what they are doing to them. I would have to think that would make it a little easier to maintain your composure when it's called for.But, in general, I have to think that parents will do whatever it takes to bring their children home. If what it takes is holding it together long enough to make a statement on camera, then I guess they find it within themselves to do that. It boggles the mind, because I'm sure their emotions are overwhelming. But, they do seem to do it.
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years
I would think that this situation is a little different. At least she doesn't have the anguish of not having any idea who has her child and what they are doing to them. I would have to think that would make it a little easier to maintain your composure when it's called for. But, in general, I have to think that parents will do whatever it takes to bring their children home. If what it takes is holding it together long enough to make a statement on camera, then I guess they find it within themselves to do that. It boggles the mind, because I'm sure their emotions are overwhelming. But, they do seem to do it.
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