Originally Posted by VermisciousKnid
AFEH, that's a good one. When I was quite small (I don't even remember how old), I accompanied my mother to the grocery store and grabbed a little pink rubber ball and stuck it in my pocket unnoticed. At home, my mom noticed the ball, realized where it came from, and took me right back to the store to return it and apologize to the store manager. I remember the shame and embarrassment, and it was GREAT lesson. How many parents would avoid that scene out of the misplaced fear of 'damaging' their little one's self-esteem?
Self-esteem comes from living up to high standards.
Yes sons are moulded by their mothers as well as their fathers and both the macro and micro societies in which they live. My mother caught me with something Iíd stolen as a paper boy from the newsagent. Had to work 3 months for nothing as punishment. Tough love just canít beat it to get a boy back on the straight and narrow.