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Is this an appropriate punishment for a 9 year old?

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BikeRunSki Tue 24-Oct-17 09:47:16

We were staying with relatives in a different part of the country at the weekend. The dc were sleeping in their adult sons’s bedtoom. Adult son is at uni, room is still full of his teenage stuff. Got home and found DS (9) had filled his pockets with bits and pieces from that room - penknife, marbles, Warhammer figures. Things of little value, but that’s not the point.

I pulled DS up on this, who eventually admitted he’d taken them.

I’ve suggested that DS writes a letter apologising for taking these things, and then we post them back at DS’s expense.

DS was clearly upset last night, whether because I tumbled him, or because he has had a realisation that what he did was wrong.

Does this sound like an ok punishment? I want it to be something that he remembers. I think it’ll pain him to use his pocket money on postage.

converseandjeans Tue 24-Oct-17 09:49:53

Sounds like a good idea. He will learn from the experience.

MamaOfTwos Tue 24-Oct-17 09:50:25

Have you discussed why he took them?
How disrespectful it is to the host?
How would he like it if someone staying took his things?

quaqua Tue 24-Oct-17 09:53:22

Yes I think that punishment is appropriate. Warhammer stuff is £££ by the way.

peanutjello Tue 24-Oct-17 09:56:13

This sounds like a fair punishment. War hammer figures cost quite a lot of money (from what I remember about £20 for a box of 5 and that’s without the cost of the painting kit too.)

BikeRunSki Tue 24-Oct-17 09:57:28

Yes, we’ve had that conversation Mama. Particularly since the host has given my dc some of his dc’s old Harry Potter toys.

Thank you Quaqua. I didn’t realise that about Warhammer.

Allthebestnamesareused Tue 24-Oct-17 09:58:27

Things of little value - to you maybe!!

Yes appropriate to apologise and post back at his expense. Plus a sanction such as losing screen time too or similar.

BikeRunSki Tue 24-Oct-17 10:07:50

Sorry, I meant things of apparently low financial value, but clearly things the owner had been given, or earnt money to pay for.

DS said he took the WH figure because he knew I wouldn’t let him have WH. He’s never even mentioned it!

MomToWedThorFriday Tue 24-Oct-17 10:09:49

Actually I think you’re being soft. Just posting it back with no other reprisal? I’d be enforcing some sort of ‘loss’ at home too - no screen time for a week for example. I can’t abide stealing, and that’s exactly what this age. I’d suggest a look at age of criminal responsibility with him too, as he’s very close.

mistymumma Tue 24-Oct-17 22:15:36

Personally I would tell him it was wrong and ask him why he did it. Explain why he can't go around doing things like that and be done with it. Punishment rarely works unless HE understands what he's done wrong. Otherwise a punishment will only go as far as to annoy and upset him without any real understanding being taught as to why he shouldn't have done it. Talking to him should be enough.

youarenotkiddingme Tue 24-Oct-17 22:26:53

I think that's a good punishment.

Having to own up to a crime is the hardest part.

LovingLola Tue 24-Oct-17 22:28:53

Use registered post. Will be more expensive for ds but less chance of them getting lost in the post.

Ploppie4 Tue 24-Oct-17 22:31:37

well that’s a load of shite he’s fed you

Yes letter then wrap and send recorded delivery post to uni boy

GlitterGlue Tue 24-Oct-17 22:37:50

I think that's a reasonable punishment. WTF was he thinking?

AuntLydia Tue 24-Oct-17 22:43:05

I think I'd want my child to phone them actually. An apology letter is very easy to do, he writes the letter and sends the stuff back and presumably the next time you see them it's all over and forgotten about. He's not had to actually face up to what he did by speaking to the person he stole off. A face to face apology would be ideal but presumably unworkable because of the distance.

I would be so upset and disappointed in my child. Definitely some big conversations about what on earth he thought he was doing.

Aquamarine1029 Wed 25-Oct-17 03:03:51

You absolutely should make him apologize for stealing things that don't belong to him, but I also think you should devise another punishment now that you're at home. Your son needs to hear from you, loud and clear, that stealing is completely unacceptable. He may be only 9, but he KNOWS stealing is wrong. Let him know you love him, and you understand that he made a terrible mistake and we all make mistakes, but he is going to have to live with the consequences of his actions, just like everyone else does.

Nottalotta Wed 25-Oct-17 07:34:58

I don't think it's punishment at all to be honest. Itso certainly what I'd do because he's stolen from your friend and those things should be returned at his cost, but then there should be an actual consequence such as no game time for a week (if he's into gaming)

JoandMax Wed 25-Oct-17 07:38:45

If anything I would go for more of a punishment - a sincere apology, his money to send them back and also losing screen time or an activity.

I would be furious at my 9 year old for stealing

Ploppie4 Wed 25-Oct-17 07:40:25

That’s perfect. It will make him reflect on his behaviour - which is the important bit.

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