What to Do When Your Young Child Takes Something That Isn’t Theirs

I have a memory from when I was a kid about being in the grocery store with my mom. We checking out and paying for our food at the register, and something caught my eye. I was really young so it obviously wasn’t The National Enquirer or some other idiotic tabloid, but it was a candy bar. It was a king size Snickers if you really must know. Anyway, I didn’t know any better so I took the Snickers and put it into my pocket. Of course, when we got to the car my mom found out and made me go back inside to give it back. A lesson was learned though, you can’t take things that don’t belong to you. Especially if those things are ones you have to pay for. I never did anything like that again.

I thought of this story because of a recent post I read asking for advice for when a 5 year old steals. It reminded me of the story I just told. After the way my mom reacted when I showed her the candy bar I took, I realized it was bad so I was upset. Having to return into the store and put the candy bar back was enough of a punishment for me to never do that again.