Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Confession is Good for the Soul

Oh, our sweet and spicy Ella.  We love her so.  Sometimes I think I could write a separate blog just for her.  She is so much like her mommy, it is a bit scary. Erik likes to remind me of that fact, especially at the peak of an Ella situation.

This last week, it was a big one for Miss Ella.  She took a trip to see Mr. Mullner (the principal), in regards to her steeling.

Let me back up a bit.   Monday evening she comes to me in tears.  She tells me she stole a brown crayon and she told her teacher it was hers.  Come to find out, she even de-wrappered the Rose-Art crayon so it would blend in with her Crayola set.  As you will see in her confession video, she returned the crayon, but the worst part for her was that she didn't tell the truth to her teacher.  I was very proud of her for telling me the truth and proud that she feels the need to make things right.  So, I got her a brown crayon to replace the one she lost and the saga is over, right?

Not so much!

The next day, I pick her up at the bus and again tears are flowing.  I can barely understand what she is trying to tell me.  Right when we walk in the door to the house I get a call from her teacher.  She clarifies to me what happened and so I get it.  Ella had not yet learned her lesson.  This day, she decided to step it up a notch.  She stole a play cell phone, a ring, and some money.  She was stuffing things into her backpack right before the end of the day and her teacher noticed.  She started crying and when her teacher asked her why this was going on she said, "I steal, and I don't know why I do it, I just do it."

Her teacher and I discussed the situation and we decided it would be best if Ella took a trip to see Mr. Mullner.

When I got off the phone, of course I went to sit down and talk with her.  She says, "Mom, I am glad I am going to Mr. Mullners, I deserve it, I am a steeler."  She then put herself in her room for the rest of the night.  We heard her talking to herself a lot that evening.

"I am the only kid in this family that has had to go to Mr. Mullners, but I deserve it."
"This is the one and only time I will ever see Mr. Mullner."
"I can't believe I am a steeler."
"I don't know why I did it, I am never doing that again."

The next day, she went to see Mr. Mullner first thing.  She had to apologize to the two girls she stole from and she got written up.   

She told me that she only cried a little on the way back to class, but that she wiped her tears so her teacher wouldn't see them.   She said she was brave and that she had learned her lesson.

Come to find out, after talking with my mom about this, she had this same issue as a child.  When things were missing they went to her room to look for them.  She turned out okay, so I am not worried.  If Ella turns into her Nana, I will be one proud mama.

I am very thankful that we are dealing with this issue on the Kindergarten level!

I set up the camera without her knowing it in my office before she gave her confession.

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  1. For some reason this was just so sweet to read!

  2. Oh Ella Bella, you are the sweetest Girl. I am so thankful you are learning this in Kindergarden,Your heart is so precious. See how God uses a silly little brown crayon to make us better people. I Love you sweetie!

  3. It sounds like you handled this so well. Getting her confession on video is such a good idea!

  4. Lins... your little Ella is so precious to me, all your kids are, but this is so sweet. Proof you're doing a great job raising your kiddos because she had it on her heart to confess. Love it!

  5. oh my goodness Linsey, what a sweet girl! I just wanna reach through the screen and hug your little thief. I can't believe you video taped that.

    One time in kindergarten, I stole a rhinestoned button from a pairing game. I never told anyone and still feel awful about it. So, it's good she's getting this off her chest, she could be traumatized for life about the brown crayon.

  6. ahhhhhhhh! i can totally relate my baby is in first grade! they just want everything......all i have to say is this is the best post ever:) i love her....kisses!

  7. I don't know what to think, she is adorable, but do you really want this on You Tube for the whole world to see? Why would you tape this? I can see doing it to show her when she is grown up, but to have this on YouTube? Hmm. She stole, after all...

    Love her confession but feel so bad for her that she feels so torn. So innocent...