My husband and I find ourselves in a desperate situation. It is with great difficulty that we are finally able to admit that, yes, our daughter has a problem with stealing. What’s worse, we believe that her condition is worsening.
Last month, I posted about several incidents that took place with our daughter. The outpouring of support and understanding that I received from my fellow bloggers was overwhelming. Thank you! I don’t know how I would be able to persevere through this trying time without each and every one of you.
Rather than dwell on the negative, I have been trying to understand the rationale behind my daughter’s behavior. Like any good Mom, I turned to Google to find my answers. This is was I was able to dig up regarding why children steal…
Children learn by watching their parents. Parents who take things that do not belong to them may be teaching their kids that stealing is OK.
Could it be that my daughter knows of the indisgressions that I committed as a teenager? Taking my parent’s car for a joy ride at age 16, in an attempt to impress my friends, was definitely not my smartest move ever.
2) Some children have no money of their own to buy what they want
Perhaps my daughter is in need of disposable income? Children who don't have their own money to spend may steal what they want.
3) To make themselves look good in front of peers
The peer pressure that I see among children today is, quite simply, outrageous. To make matters worse, our daughter runs with a pretty “rough” crowd. It would make sense that she began stealing because her peers are doing it and she wants to be accepted.
I think our only answer is intervention. I came across what I think may be the perfect solution: Brat Camp, a therapeutic school and wilderness program for troubled kids.
I took some time to read over the fine print for the program. Since each of the children who spend time at Brat Camp are filmed and their story is aired on television, I would have to agree not to contact my daughter for the duration of the program. As an added bonus for allowing our daughter to be filmed, the production company would provide intervention and transportation services at no charge.
Wow! Treatment and fame. It sounds like the perfect solution, right? The only problem is that I think our daughter might be a bit too young for the program.
In reality, my husband and I have lovingly started referring to our little Lucia as “Trouble.” She works diligently each and every day to live up to her nickname. Trouble's escapades this week included running my car keys through the dishwasher and making our toliet overflow in an attempt to flush a container of playdough. Oh, and if you are trying to call me on my cell phone, you should probably give up. Trouble managed to get her little hands on my phone on Monday and I haven’t seen it since.