It began when I checked my wallet to find that I had spent the money I had for my sons Father’s Day stall the previous day and I’d forgotten. I apologised to my son and told him I could give him money tomorrow or we could buy something later in the week. That afternoon when I went to pick him up, other children in his class came up to me and said that my son had to stay in the class and he’d stolen money. A feeling of dread started creeping up as I walked into his classroom. His teacher explained to me that whilst doing reading, my son had been sitting at another students desk. He must have seen the money in her desk draw and helped himself to it. He then went to the Father’s Day stall and bought a present for his dad with the stolen money. He was soon found out, the present was returned to the stall and the money given back to the girl he’d taken it from. My son knew he’d done the wrong thing because he couldn’t even look me in the eye. His teacher and I agreed that the police would be brought in to speak to him (in order to discourage him from doing anything similar). I got home and turned on my mobile, which had been playing up. I had 3 missed calls from the school and a text message explaining what had happened. I called my fiance later that evening to explain what our son had done. He was furious until our son said “dad i stole the money because I wanted to buy you a present for Father’s Day”. My fiance was quite upset afterwards and told him he didn’t have to steal to buy a present and a simple hug, kiss and handmade card on Father’s Day would have been enough. He then told our son that he’d ruined Father’s Day for him this year which makes me sad as it is the first Father’s Day for him with both our boys. He’s even said to me “I don’t want any presents now”as a result of this drama. I’m going to be working with my son tonight on something homemade and he has been disciplined for his behaviour with no ipad time and no cartoons.
Posted anonymously, 4th September 2014