with author Jackie Morgan MacDougall
would you turn in your own child?
Just before school started, some kids in my neighborhood stole paint from the local school and poured it into the community pool, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. I think every parent with a child above the age of six stopped and wondered (at least for a split second) "Where was my kid?" Authorities have offered a reward to anyone who helps them find the suspects and have advised parents to check the shoes of their kids... because we all know if there's a local kid who did it, the evidence will appear.
Triggered by the vandalism, I couldn't help but ask other moms, "If you found out it was your kid, would you turn him/her in?"
It seems our Friends of Ricki at Galtime.com were asking a similar question when the queen of teens, Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D., received an inquiry from a worried mom. “I am beyond humiliated and embarrassed," the mom revealed. "I recently learned that my oldest child -- a 15-year-old girl -- has been shoplifting.”
She said her daughter had a lot of new clothes but, at first, claimed she had received the items from a friend. Then, the mom got suspicious as the number of items increased. “I decided that I was going to sit down with my daughter and talk about my suspicions. Instead, I got a call from the police that my daughter was caught stealing from a local cosmetics store. When I went to pick up my daughter ,she and I were both devastated. My daughter sobbed and told me that she didn't know what got into her. I have since taken my daughter to therapy, but I would like your opinion about why teens might shoplift.”
What drives teens to commit a crime? Would you turn your child in? SHOULD YOU? Read Dr. Greenberg's thoughts at GalTime and comment below.
Would you turn your child in if you discovered a crime had been committed?