I am so angry right now. For a month we have been having a problem with our boys taking small stuff into their room in the middle of the night. Pencils or a granola bar, candy before I stopped having it in the house at all. But it has gotten worse and worse until I don't know what to do. Alarge bag full of chocolate chips, yogurt that was in the freezer for smoothies, every new battery we had, plastic bags, and lots more all over a single night. Ican't understand what is going on with them (the chocolate chips I get... but frozen yogurt?) for the past week every day at least one of them takes something. Or I find them using their lunch money to buy chips from school (another thing that they have gotten in trouble for again and again)

To make it worse, my husband is gone on a trip, and won't be back until Saturday night. I have to deal with this all by my self until he gets back and I just have no idea what to do. Right now I am just going in their room and taking everything back.

I feel so used and violated, that there is nothing in our house that can be just mine. If i want to have anything to myself, I have to keep it in my room, and even then my two year old wants it (he sleeps in our room along with our baby). I am supposed to be getting ready for thanksgiving, but I can't do it now. I can't even thing about buying them presents for Christmas. Last year they snuck out and opened them all a week before Christmas, even ones that were not theirs. It ruined Christmas for everyone (but them). I hate living like this. Not trusting anything they say or do.

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Nov. 19, 2010 at 12:30 PM Dont take it all so personal. Kids go through different stages. I remember sneaking into stuff in the night when I was a kid. Give them appropriate punishment. Write this stuff down because when they are grown everyone will get a kick out of it even though it is not so fun now. My kids always promised me they never peeked at Christmas presents. Now they admit they did. Kids have so much excitement and anticipation at that age. You really have your hands full with five children! Try not to get too discouraged. It is crazy how fast time flies and then they are all grown up.

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Nov. 19, 2010 at 4:17 PM

hmmm.....two can play this game.....steal something of theirs they LOVE, hide it.  Hold on to it until they stop their stealing from you. Then .........maybe........after your sure ..........give it back.

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Nov. 19, 2010 at 4:28 PM

How old are they? How many "boys" do you have and is there one who you believe encourages the stealing more-so than the others?

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