Is this compulsiveness again??

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Is this compulsiveness again??
Fri, 06-13-2003 - 8:22pm

Well today I had a Private Investigator show up and tell me that he was investigating some "mail theft" in the area and thought my 7yr old son may be involved. He said he talked with another boy around the block and mentioned my son. I guess there were like 25 pieces of mail from around here in a field in the back of this other boy's house. Sometimes my son plays over there with his friends, there's a pond and they try to catch frogs. When asked by this guy, my son said no but then eventually told him he took some out of people's mailboxes. When I asked him later, he said his friend made him do it. I've only see him go into a neighbors mail box once, and there were some other kids around and they were looking at a beehive. I can't believe this! He's seven and I have the authorities knocking on my door. What's it going to be like in a few years when he's a teenager? I think I need to get into get an evaluation sooner than I'd originally thought.


Amy -

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Registered: 05-26-2003
Sun, 06-15-2003 - 8:52pm

I had a good chuckle when I read your post. Believe it or not, I did the SAME thing when I was about 7 or 8. I took the neighbor's mail out of their box and brought it up the road to the woods and dumped it. To this day I don't know why I did it, but I did get a licking from Mom and Dad! tee hee. Worry not, I think this will be a one time only thing. He got goaded by the other kids and made an impulsive decision. I don't mean to make light of this, but don't worry about the future. I'm sure you are doing a great job teaching him right from wrong!