My son left the store with merchandise
DS is 6 and has aspies. Today we went to Walgreens really quick and when we went back to the car and drove off I smelled alcohol. DS had an opened bottle of nail polish in his hand. He was excited to try it on and proud of the cool color he selected. Then he showed me 5 sticks of other makeups (eye liner and other stuff). I went into the turning lane and did a u turn right back to the store. I told him how what he did was wrong (I knew he didnt steal on purpose, but still) and I had to go back and give everything back. I also told him he'd have to go in with me. He started getting anxious and told me he didnt want to go in with me. I just wanted to get it over with so I ran in, explained and gave the items back to the cashier. In front of many customers. I told them ds was afraid of coming in. I'm sure they thought I was totally lying to them. I could have simply walked back in, dropped the crap in the makeup section and walk back out. Or hell, just keep driving. But I humiliated myself instead. Would it have been the right thing to teach him humility and have him go in the store with me to apologize? Was I unconsciously playing the "special needs" card allowing him to stay in the car so I could risk getting into trouble and protect the nervousness of my son? The talking-to in the car on the way back to the store scared him enough.