Finding out that your child is stealing is like a slap in the face. It is like you failed at parenting. But it is not. A child who steals sometimes does not know that stealing is bad. At least that is what I read on the internet. And I must say, it helps.
My 5-year-old kid was caught by a saleslady at a supermarket. He was pocketing candies. The saleslady caught my attention and told me the story. I was so ashamed but I tried to understand my son. After all, he’s just a 5-year-old. The manager of the store just told me to pay what my son has taken and we are okay.
It was embarrassing. I asked my son why he did it and he told me, “Mama, I want the candies.” I told him that the things on the store are not ours. It is bad to get things and not pay for it. I think he understands.