My 14 year old nephew recently stole 20$ from a girl in his class. He claims he thought it belonged to another student and that is who he gave the money too. First off he always has a story for what he did wrong and has been getting into a lot of trouble recently. Second off the girl gave him a day to pay the money back before she was pressing charges against him. He has 3 younger brothers and his mom didn'thave the money to give him to pay it back, he got the money from his grandfather who was in the hospital the day this all went down - so he didn't get in trouble. His mom didn't actually do anything to him as she always tried to be their friends instead of the authority in the house.
My real question is this: If you had a child who stole money, and you didn't have the money to pay it back no matter how much you made them work for it, what would you do? I suggested that he hit up all his friends parents and do jobs for them - actually I stated I'd make him do jobs for 50cents each and have to tell them why he needed the money so bad. When I told my MIL(his grandmother) this she thought I was crazy. He's old enough to cut grass, clean a house, move furniture, babysit for a few hours or countless other tasks - heck he is great at basketball and could have gave a few lessons to get some of the money back. Why give him the money and not let him learn the lesson of how hard it is to make money? - So what do you all think?