today my daughter's teacher sent me a letter that my 7-year old daughter wrote while playing with her friends.
It said, Dear Jensen, thank you for giving me $1000. This is something sneaky! can you go to a restaurant and steal some food? if you do, then i will pay you $300. Sincerely, Becky.
My husband and I were as much shocked as her teacher. We couldn't believe our eyes.
So, I asked her what this letter is about. her story jumped here and there but here is the summary. When she came back from an afterschool class, there were a couple of boys playing and she asked what they were playing and if she could join. The boys told her that they were playing a game called "robber" where they try to take away other kids' snacks. So she joined and the boys took her snack away and she wrote this letter to another girl who she was playing with.
I might be saying this because i am her mom and want to believe that she didn't actually mean everything she wrote on the letter - i just wished that she had no idea what she was writing about.... but she actually did know... but maybe wasn't able to realize that she shouldn't have written or thought about this letter even if it was just a game.
Now, i am so devastated to know that such words as sneaky and steal were in her vocabulary and the idea of paying someone for stealing something was her genuine idea.
I have talked to her that stealing something from someone even during the play is not something that she should do or even think of doing and that she should think first before doing something, writing something, saying something if she is supposed to or not.
Should i be concerned that at age 7 (she just turned 7), she is writing such letter?
I feel like i have failed in raising her as ethical/moral child....
what do i do?
please help me...