It wasn't enough that on Thursday my husband caught her pretending to take her morning shower. Two days later, we had another event after attending the bi-weekly tennis lesson for the two older kids. When we were leaving the grocery store, my older daughter said "Mom, what's that lump in her jacket?" Upon inspection, you guessed it - a tennis ball. Needless to say we drove back to the tennis court so she could apologize and return the ball. This was HUGE! She didn't want to do it and was feeling really bad. So after I told the teacher why we were back, she laid on the ground crouched in a ball, hiding and hoping somehow this was all going to go away if nobody could see her. After about 15 minutes (she is very strong willed) she was finally starting to stir a little. So I asked her how she wanted to apologize - "Would you like to do it fast? Would you like me to hold your hand?"
"I want you to do it she replied." I said "alright, but you need to come with me." After it was over she ran as fast as she could from the tennis court to the car, sobbing all the way. I felt badly for her, but happy for her at the same time. Her theft was minor, but she learned a very important lesson. I think she really understood what happened and won't do it again.
This parenting journey is so much fun, and it sure keeps me on my toes. I can't wait to see what my five year old comes up with next.
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