"In the eyes of a child, parents are "mean" when the child discovers that they mean what they say. "

A Lying, Stealing Moment

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Last night my 7-year-old confessed that she had opened a package and eaten some candy with her 11-year-old sibling that morning at the store. I had no idea this happened. I briefly discussed that was stealing and reminded her that she knows stealing is wrong. I did praise her for telling me because I never would have known it happened.

When I confronted my 11-year-old about the situation, she told me that she just pretended to eat the candy and therefore felt that she did nothing wrong.

I believe both children need to be punished but not sure where to start. We will be taking my younger daughter to the store to apologize and pay for the candy she took. I would appreciate your help on what comes after that for both children.

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