Mom Who Made Daughter Wear an 'I Steal' T-Shirt to School Is a Parenting Genius

stealIt's one of those inevitable questions that comes with parenthood: what is the best way to discipline our kids? One Colorado mom came up with a controversial answer. Jessica Rocha forced her kid to wear a t-shirt announcing her bad behavior in bold letters. It was this mom's last, desperate attempt to get her child to stop stealing. Problem is, the school won't allow her to carry out the punishment and that's just plain wrong.


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Jessica said she had done everything to discipline her kids, including writing apology letters, taking away their toys, sports, and other privileges, but nothing worked. Her 8-year-old daughter Aurora kept stealing from stores, neighbors, and her mom's purse, and her 9-year-old son Xavier was a bully who back-talked to teachers and was mean to other students. So she decided to make them wear their confessions in front of their peers. Her daughter's shirt read:

I Steal!! Steal means taking property belonging to someone else without permission ...

She had planned on making an "I'm a bully" shirt for Xavier too, but as soon as school officials saw Aurora's shirt, they demanded she cover up. They called the punishment too "demeaning." But the child herself actually thinks it's a good idea. Even though other kids made fun of her, it helped her remember not to take things. After one day of wearing it, she has stopped the stealing.

I know this is unorthodox but I think this mom should be applauded for her out-of-the-box efforts to curb this behavior. This could really work for some kids. For parents at their wits' end, this could be the solution they've been praying for. So many of us make excuses for our kids or won’t admit to their wrongdoing. Jessica isn't waiting for the problem to escalate or get to a point where there is no chance of getting through to her children. The school should support it, especially when it comes to addressing the bullying epidemic. Jessica's actions took a lot of courage. So many of us worry about what our friends and neighbors may think, but we should all be so brave, so proactive. This mom isn't just doing this for herself, she is doing it to make her kids better people, better citizens. Shouldn't she be supported in that effort? 

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