Don’t be afraid to ask, 'where did you get that?'

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Please forgive me, but this week I’m leaping to boundaries and expectations after a few stories I’ve heard of lately.
I’m looking for feedback from parents and caregivers for situations that have others throwing their hands up in frustration.
Here’s the scenario: A teenage boy spends the night with friends and leaves his backpack behind the next morning. He returns to the same house later that afternoon, only to find his iPod gone.
The sad part is the boy spent his own money, $250 to be exact, to buy the electronic device, after many hours of work.
What is a parent to do? Being that you’re dealing with a teenager, you can no longer say, “Well I’ll just call his mother,” so how do you handle the situation?
I’m mainly interested in the adults on the other end of the spectrum.
Suppose your student is sporting a pretty, pricey possession they didn’t own the week before? Do you say something? Do you question its existence?
Do you become a little suspicious if they say a friend gave it to them?
The other two instances relayed to me are of a stolen bike and a stolen scooter. Someone has them that didn’t have them before, I wonder as adults if we have become complacent or too bothered to question our kids, or feel it isn’t our right to do so?

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