I am guilty! You may be asking what the hell is she talking about, well if you pop on over to http://motherhooduncensored.typepad.com/motherhood_uncensored/ you'll see the topic is pretty much about stealing. Now I am not talking about tvs, stereos, or cars people but smaller things like gum, tiny stuffed animals, and the infamous Gap duck. It is quite funny because I just heard a radio station discussing this same topic the other morning. The d.j. was talking to a mother who's little girl had been stealing packs of gum from different stores that they would shop at. When the mother discovered what had been happening, she took her daughter down to the police station, had her confess, and basically threatened her with jail. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions here but I was thinking damn, that's a bit harsh.
I still remember babysitting my cousin (who at the time was about 3) for the weekend and I took him into a Target to pick up a few things I needed. While I was getting him situated in my car, I noticed him gripping a little tube of M&M's that I knew I had not paid for. Honestly, at the age of 19 I was too embarrassed to even think about taking him back inside and returning the stolen candy. At 29 and the mother of two, I am still guilty of allowing Claire and Taylor pick a candy out of the Brach's candy dispenser in the grocery store and looking the other way. I have also gotten out to my car after a shopping trip with two screaming children and you can bet your ass I did not go back inside to pay for the forgotten soda/water/whatever underneath the shopping cart. The fact that we got out of the store alive is a miracle in itself.
Do I think stealing is okay? No, and although I tell my children not to be "jacking shit" from the stores, it is hard to drill that bit in when mommy just looks the other way on some things. But hey, I am just one of those Mommas who prefers to pick her battles.
So lets hear it, what is your take on the duck??