18 May Thievery

Toddler property laws are pretty simple. Perhaps you’ve heard them before:

1. If I like it, it’s mine.

2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.

3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.

4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.

5. If it’s mine, it can’t ever appear to be yours in any way.

6. If it just looks like it’s mine, it is mine.

Still, the first time you witness your little angel ruthlessly grabbing a toy out of another kid’s hands, it’s like a punch in the gut.

My kid is a thief. Next steps: Pilfering a pack of gum at the grocery store, swiping cash out of my wallet to buy beer, and hot-wiring cars.

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