Friday, June 30, 2006

We have a thief....

Last night, as I was preparing for our trip, I had to make a run to Wal-Mart... and of course Robert and the kids were with me. Well, as we were checking out Kali brought me a push pop... and was quickly told no way hose'. Guess she didn't like that answer... she went around the corner and quickly started to open it... Robert caught her before she could get it open... but her motive was clear. He took her to the truck and doled out her swat... and she went to bed when we got home.

Before bed last night, I asked her if I needed to call her Grammy, who is a probation officer, or her Grandpa, who is an officer at the county jail... I saw her little face crumble. I asked her if she new what it was called when someone took stuff that wasn't theirs... and what the consequences were... and she began to cry tears... real ones... not fake ones like I normally get. I feel kind of bad... like I overreacted over a stinkin' push pop... but what happens if we don't make a big deal about it.

Any advice on this one?

--jessica

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You did NOT over react. . .had to do the same thing with a student I had who plagiarised something. He told me later in high school that my initial reaction to his elementary attempt to cheat stuck and he NEVER wanted to do that again. Real tears, real remorse, a lesson learned. She knows you love her.

~d said...

I so totally think you did the correct thing. Its the parents who DO NOT make a big deal over the push pops that end up with effed up kids.

Heather said...

I totally would have made a big deal about it!!!!

janjanmom said...

NEVER is it overreacting when a kid steals!! It is always a BIG deal. Just know all kids do it at one time or another AND it IS a big deal NOW so it won't be a BIGGER deal later!!

GOOD FOR YOU, GOOD MOMMA!!

Cheerio's on my butt? said...

We have one of those too! Don't worry it's part of the growing up process. You try to teach them to feel for the store people and teach them why it's wrong and move on! If they're like 10 or 11 and doing it then worry. Oh come play the peek game this week! Please?

Bluepaintred said...

MAKE THE BIG DEAL!

I stole a pack of gum when i was six or seven, my mom made me take it back an dtell the manager what I have done, they called the cops I got a good scare i have never even been tempted to take a single thing more!