This is my sweet 7 year old daughter. She just finished some watermelon so her face is a bit messy, but I needed a mug shot for this post. Yep, my Emma has sticky fingers. In more ways than one.
We were sorting out her room yesterday so we could decide what we were taking with us and what we would be taking to the women's shelter when what did I find, but her booty drawer-her loot-her treasure box-misbegotten goods! Apparently she had been stealing at the grocery market over the last couple months! I was stunned. MY LITTLE ANGEL STEALING! We don't steal. We earn our money fair and square. Well, I made her pack everything up and yesterday we stood in line at the customer service desk behind the people trying to buy Listerine and cigarettes. (you have to buy the mouth wash at the customer service counter because it has alcohol in it. I think that is hilarious-who in their right mind would imbibe on Listerine as an alcoholic beverage? Especially when the wine is so nice here? OK I am diverging - back to the topic) It was our turn and Emma dumped out her little bag of 4 heart shaped fairy tins with a ring and bracelet in each and told the assistant manager that she stole them and she was now returning them and we needed to know the price so she could work off her crime around the house.
There was a standstill at the desk. Apparently either kids don't steal here or parents don't drag their kids back in with the loot. It became a parade around Woolies as we were looking for a sample product and employees were assisting with punishment suggestions. In the end we returned the stolen goods and Emma will be working off $30 worth of work around the house. She also had to write a letter to the store manager apologizing for her crime.
I stole some little toy farm animals when I was about 4 from a friend at the swimming pool. My mom found me playing with them in my room after dinner and she made me march down the road and return them. I was so embarrassed and ashamed of my greed. I have not stolen since. I hope this impressed on my daughter that it is not acceptable to steal.
What do we want as parents for our children? I want mine to be healthy, happy, spiritual and productive members of society. Pretty simple really. They are all 3 as smart as they can be so we have been blessed with that, but I want them to respect themselves and others as well. Time will tell, I guess.
Emma said she was happy we finally got rid of them because she knew she couldn't wear the pretty jewels because I would see them and I would know that they didn't belong to her. Very true...but I ended up finding them anyway. Moms just know everything.
Happy Mother's Day ladies! I hope none of your darlings have sticky fingers!