Would you cancel Christmas to punish your child for stealing?

That was the question one Australian mom posed yesterday on a parenting community’s Facebook page.

The mother was seeking advice after her 10-year-old daughter was caught stealing money to buy candy, for the second time in a month.

“The first time,” the mom wrote, “she had some privileges taken away and had to repay the money from her pocket money. We are disappointed and angry that she has done it again.”


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The girl’s father suggested that they give their daughter “no presents at all at Christmas… to send a big message to her and her siblings about how serious and unacceptable stealing is.”

Nearly 400 people weighed in, most of whom responded that it was too harsh.

“Taking Christmas away from her sounds horrible to me,” wrote one user. “Christmas is about unconditional love.”

Many have suggested alternative forms of punishment, including having the girl perform extra chores or spend a day volunteering.

What do you think? Watch the report on “Fox and Friends.”

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