When I was a teenager, say about 14-15 years old I was starting to become interested in boys, was busy listening to music, starting to get into musical theatre and hanging out at stage door and the furthest thing from my mind was how to make a quick buck.
This weekend my Mum and Dad’s house was robbed, they smashed a window, damaged two doors, pulled everything out of the wardrobes and drawers. Pulled things off shelves and threw them on the ground. They also stole some items, nothing massive, but enough to be a nuisance and they caused enough damage and mess to make the clean up a big effort.
The thing that bothers me about it though is that the police think it was most likely amateurs, kids at that. Their theory on this is that the things they stole were small, portable and easily sold for cash, a quick buck. To quote ‘if they were professionals, they would have cleaned out everything’.
So for my Mum and Dad’s sake it’s a good thing it was amateurs as it could have been a lot worse. I find it sad though that kids would break in to a house, make a massive mess and take what they could. What turns them to this? What makes them tick? Who raised them to have a values system where they feel they can do this? Are there older people guiding them, coaching them, fencing the things for them? Do they even think about who’s house their invading and whose privacy they’re violating by going through their things?
For me this robbery has raised lots of questions. Did teenagers back when I was one do this? Or has society changed and robbery is getting younger like most other things?
The hard thing though has been trying to explain it to the Muddy Kids, why someone would come into Nana and Grandpa’s house and take things that are theirs. Why someone would throw their clothes around and make a mess. Two things that I try to instill in my kids are that they don’t take or damage things that are someone else’s and to clean up any mess they make! Obviously the young robbers were raised under a different parenting system to mine.
Have you had to explain robbery or property damage to your kids? How did you explain it?