While on vacation my family and I were at a store and my 4 year old daughter had picked up a toy and placed it on the checkout belt. At this time we did not notice the toy and proceeded to checkout and leave the store. While driving down the road my daughter had requested such toy, a stuffed animal. When my wife and I were discussing with my daughter that we did not buy such toy she proceeded to say we did. When we searched the bags we noticed the toy and said where did this come from? My daughter said she placed it on the conveyor belt. When we asked her why not ask us she said she knew we would say no and she wanted it.
- How do I teach her in this situation that this is bad?
- Is this considered stealing in a way and she we teach my daughter?
- What is an acceptable form of punishment?
- Should we keep the toy and allow her to receive it when she is good or does that have any bad effect with the incident involved?