One of my young relatives, a boy of 8, stole a sucker and some gum at a gasoline station. He had been in my car, and I had not given him permission
to leave while I got fuel, but he came in and grabbed some stuff when I wasn't looking. He was acting suspiciously, and I enlisted his uncle to find
out if a theft had happened, and the uncle (who has known him longer than I) got him to admit his wrongdoing. He had the gum in his pocket, and the
candy sucker was found hidden under a rug.
I took him to the gas station to return the stolen goods and to require him to admit his wrong.
The act was reported to his mother, who administered painful bodily punishment. She also made him stand, holding cans of fruit above his head. She took a phone picture of him being punished in this way and sent it to family members with the caption, CAUGHT STEALING.
The boy has stolen before. Ruby has usually not mentioned it to his mother, because she hates to see him punished so severely.
What do you think?
Do you suppose fear of punishment sometimes helps him control his impulses to steal?
Depends on the child.
Some will actually enjoy the attention, though.
Reminds me of "A more humane Mikado" enjoy!
When I were a lad, I used to steal the odd biro from Walworths. It wasn't a real challenge but it was a rite of passage.
Boys will be boys..
Boys don't have to be thieves though.
I agree with Ruby that the punishment is too severe but I do not agree that he should be getting off with it. I would have made him do some physical work which would have "earned" him the money to pay back the shop. He needs to be encouraged to understand that things cost money and that we need to earn enough to buy the things he needs.
However, it is not your relative, it is Ruby's. If you were married to me I would be cross if you didn't discuss something with me before doing it for children you had no biological relationship with. On the other hand, i would not be using you for baby sitting purposes for a child you were not related to without having had that discussion first.
Someone who eats chocolate ice cream morning noon and night has no right to talk about sensible
I nicked a packet of polos, when I was a kid. My mum made me take it back, confess and apologise.
Did the trick.
A jolly good birching would soon learn 'im.