Did i do the right thing or was i to harsh on him
My 4 year old son was outside playing, i was watching out the window and talking on the phone. He was riding his bike, when i noticed he was carrying a yellow flower. our neighbor has yellow flowers in his garden cuz his daughter plants them. He is an older gentleman who lost his wife just 3 days after i lost my grandpa, so the flowers are a reminder to him of his wife.
well when i saw my son carrying a flower, i knew right away he was carrying our neighbors flower. I took him inside, gave him a 4min time out and told him he and i will take the flower back to the neighbor and he will aplogize to him for wrecking his garden that his daughter did up so nicely. My son was crying and had the flower in his hand and my neighbor said its ok you can keep it and your good boy.
Then when we got home, i told we do not take other peoples flowers out of their gardens, its rude, and disrespectful. And then i asked him would you like it if one of the neighbor hood kids took one of bikes from our yard. He said no, i then asked him why, and he said it would make him sad and mad. I said well thats how it would make the neighbor feel. Grant it the gentlemen was nice about it and let my son keep the flower.
Did i do the right thing? how would you handle this. I was in so much shock and disbelife he did that ever since he his teacher talked to him about flowers and gardens, he turns around and wrecks someones garden.