What makes me laugh, is that the kids actually act shocked and angry when you catch them in their web of deception. Oh, please... how stupid do they think we are?
Right now, the Nutshell is suffering from a nasty bout of thievery.
Nephi, my youngest, "dearest" little guy... is a junior klepto.
I know, I know... it's just to horrible to admit. But there's the truth. This little guy may look innocent:
...but he's not!
This little man, just can't help himself! He likes to put stuff in his pockets at the store, and he even tries to take things off people's back porches at our apartment complex. Erk!
It all started a few weeks ago when some neighbors of ours bought a tomato plant and placed it just off their patio. I thought for sure the boys would leave it alone... but I was wrong.
"Hmmm.... Are those little green balls growing on that plant?" Nephi probably thought when he saw the plant. "I'm going to pick them!"
He was so happy with his discovery that he brought them over to show me.
I told him it was wrong to pick people's plants. That was stealing because they weren't ours! I made him go over there and knock on their door. When the lady answered I made him show her what he did and apologize. She was pretty good about the whole thing... better than I might have been, because he picked ALL the green tomatoes on the vine. She even refused my offer to pay damages. I still feel badly about the whole thing... (And don't think for one moment that Sam was sitting innocently by and had nothing to do with it... because I am pretty sure he instigated the whole thing -- so he had to go with Nephi and apologize too.)
Then a few days ago, we went to the gas station and while I was filling up my drink, Nephi helped himself to the gum.
Good grief! Have I not been teaching my kids at all!?
I made him spit it out, show it to the cashier, pay for it, and then throw it away. He thought that since we paid for it that he should get to keep it. Two words: Wrong-o Bong-o. I think the lady cashier thought I was being mean when I threw it in the trash... maybe I was. But I can't let my kids think I will buy them anything they put into their mouths in the store. What kind of mom would I be?
So I ask a question to all you savvy parents out there: How do you teach your little ones the value of honesty?