Our afternoons have recently become busier as we have added a few new activities to our schedule. I was in a hurry to pick up Ty from school and have him to the Sylvan center by 2:30. From there I headed to the party store to buy balloons for the Blue and Gold Cub scouts banquet that evening. I ran one more errand before heading home to beautify the 24 cupcakes I was responsible to bring to the banquet as well. I rushed into the house as my cute Brooklyn innocently said, "Mom I got some candy at my friends house this afternoon." I turned to look and noticed that is was the exact candy she had pleaded for while in Partyland a few minutes earlier. All it took was a questioning glance from me and she burst into defensive tears. Shortly there after she admitted to taking the candy and felt awful. We had a precious little talk and decided that the best thing to do would be take the candy back to the store, tell the man what she had done, and offer to pay for the candy with her own money.
She was in total agreement until she heard the word.. "Man," and "You will need to tell him."
Mind you I had 24 cupcake to ice, a game to print off the internet, and face painting supplies to gather...all before being back to pick up Ty in a short 30 minutes. I only mention that because Brooklyn followed me around the house for the duration of that 30 minutes crying that she, "didn't want to TELL the MAN... just put the candy back." It broke my heart that she was so afraid but I reassured her that it would be o.k."
Long story short.. we picked up Ty (late) and headed back to Partyland. When Ty questioned why we were going back to Partyland Brooklyn confidently announced, "I stole something" to which he completely freaked out and immediately explained how she could go to Jail! (Thank You Ty)
She did good. I was proud of her. It was nice that the male employee who had helped us previously was no where to be found... a very pleasant women was in his place. She did do all the taking, paid her money and walked out of the store two feet taller than she walked in.
Was it easy...No.
Was it convenient...No.
Was it the right thing.....Yes!
I continue to be grateful for a mother who did the exact same thing with me when I was a child, I still remember it to this day....especially having to do ALL the talking. It's teaching moments like this that really MATTER.