As Scarlett is getting older she seems to be trying to push the boundaries more and had developed a real attitude. I'm sure it's karma biting back at me for how I treated my mum when I was younger.
On Monday however, she crossed the line massively. Dale took the kids to the shop on the way back from the school run and as he was paying for some milk Scarlett wandered off, and then rejoined him as they were leaving the shop.
When we got home the kids did what they usually do on school days which is get out of their school clothes and put them in the basket ready for washing.
As scarlett was taking off her cardigan, a freddo (those chocolate frog things) fell out of her sleeve. When questioned about where she got it from she stomped up the stairs and slammed the door.
She later admitted to taking it from the shop. I've never been so mortified in all my life. She's 6 years old, why on earth does it even enter her head to do something like that? We've always been very clear about stealing and how wrong it is so she knew when she did it that it was wrong. Its also not like she never gets sweets or chocolate either. They have a treat day on a Saturday when they can have sweets etc and they almost always have things during the week if they are well behaved.
After speaking to Dale's mum who we always go to for advise it was decided that as punishment, she missed her gymnastics class plus we took her back to the shop the next day to explain what she'd done, apologise for what she'd done and pay for the chocolate she'd taken. They were really good about it and told her that it was naughty to steal which made her cry so I'm satisfied it was enough for her to take in.
This incident has made me wonder if we are going wrong with our parenting somewhere. Is it normal for a 6 year old to do things like this? Should I be worried? I want my children to grow up to be respectful and have good morals. I wish there was some sort of parenting manual so that I don't feel like I'm winging my way through life.
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