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Ok, he wasnt arrested, but look what his mom did t him. I think she should get locked up for being stupid under my new "Dont be stupid" law. What do you think....
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010510/od/boy_dc_1.html
 
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Well even if he wasn't arrested, I'm glad you wrote that, Andy. When I saw the subject heading I thought "well, at least that's better than '7 yr old at large - police baffled!'"
 
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Stupid people that lack an ounce of common sense should not be allowed to procreate.
You teach your children right and wrong so they won't get in trouble with the police. Better to learn the lesson at the hands of your mother than rob a bank 10 years later and learn a much more difficult one. Turning in your 7 year old!? Please!
I stole 3 silver dollars from my mom's jewelry case, when I was young, don't remember my exact age. The punishment I received was severe, no beatings (this time), but a lengthy grounding, loss of allowance plus lots of extra chores. A lesson that was learned well. Oh yeah, the most painful part, the lectures! Yikes!
 
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That story breaks my heart. I can just imagine the hurt that this would inflict on my son. Can you imagine the loss of trust you would experience for your Mom? Rather than using this as a teaching opportunity, she chose to use it to teach her seven-year-old that its her against him and if she catches him, she'll turn him in. My kid is already worried that the police will take him to jail if he doesn't buckle up because he's 3 and doesn't understand that getting a ticket and going to jail are not the same thing. He would be scarred for life if I even had a police officer look at him sideways.
 
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Maybe she should just have the police raise her kids...
Where has parental responsibility gone? I was talking to the lady that cuts my hair a while back and asked her what was the wierdest haircut she had to do. She told me a few stories. One was about this kid who was maybe around seven. She said he wanted this rediculous haircut and when she called to ask her mom permission, the mom said, "it doesn't matter what I want, he'll do it anyway." Parents like that make me mad. No wonder we have grown ups that have no respect for authority.
I'll stop ranting now.
Kudoo's to all the parents that have the smarts to raise (or attempt too...I know it's not easy) their kids right.
 
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And what was Mom doing leaving a "pile of money" just lying around on the counter for the whole weekend anyway? I have two kids and darned if I even remember what a pile of money would look like anyway ! Someone might argue that the kid should know better...but just because my kids know better than to play with knives doesn't mean I leave a bunch of freshly sharpened knives lying around in the open!!!
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I applaud this mother. At least she is doing something to discipline her children. There are so many parents who won't do anything. She is teaching the child that there are consequences to stealing and exactly what those consequences are.
When I was very young(too yound to remember, but I have heard the story several times) I stole a candy bar from a store. My mother took me back in and made me hand it to a police officer and tell him what I had done. I am sure I faced punishment at home as well. I can't say what effect that has had on my life, but I am not a thief today because of the discipline I received as a child.
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Were you ticketed? Didnt think so.
This 7 YR OLD CHILD now has a criminal record. If thats not ridiculous then i dont know what is. The kid now has to go to court and face a judge and get punishment(which wont be much at all but thats besides the point).
There are plenty of ways to enforce discipline in kids without involving the police. Especially when the kid is only 7. I mean comeon how many of you can sit there and say you never did anything like that when you were that age.
 
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At least the kid addmitted to the mother about stealing the money. Do you think he will tell the truth again next time?
 
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I've heard of parents using the police to put the fear of God into a young person. But, this is different.
Having a police officer speak to a child, to explain to them that their parents are right and they need to straighten out, is an effective tactic. I would think this would be better suited for an older child, like a teenager. But I disagree with Matthew. At 7 my kids were still in fear of my displeasure and I had no trouble controlling them myself, still don't. I'm not a model parent by any stretch. This lady is a lady definitely NOT in control of her child and resorted, IMO, to a desperate act or was petty enough to do it out of revenge. Some parents are so juvenile, themselves, that they actually desire to "get even" with their own kids! Grown ups should act like grown-ups. This woman abused her position as a parent and adult. IMNSHO

[This message has been edited by Ray Marsh (edited May 14, 2001).]
 
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This is an innapropriate way to teach a seven year old child a lesson. What you have to do is first- make sure the child understands what the offense was. That probably happened.
Then the punishment has to be something offensive to the child. What does a criminal record mean when you are seven? What does the fact that you have to go to court mean? At that age, it's probably a lot like church where you have to sit still and there aren't any toys.
Punishment for my six year old is generally
go sit in the fuss chair alone for a few minutes
or no tv for a week. I hate that tv noise anyway.
We also work on corrective behavior. Right now every night she has to tell Daddy "Thank you for cooking my dinner. "
 
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