Bring your 8 year old son in with you when you get a cuppa joe.
When he picks up something that doesn’t belong to him, say nothing.
When he says to me, “I’m keeping this!”, say nothing.
When I say to him “That belongs to someone else, please leave it here.”, say nothing.
When he refuses, say nothing.
When I insist and ask him to place it on the counter, say nothing, but give me glare from hell, like I just broke your kids hopes and dreams of ever becoming a doctor, lawyer, author, NBA star, musician, or anything but the pimple you are raising him to be!
All of this coming from a child free gal, but really, shouldn't parents be the inspiration of what life holds, and how to handle it for their kids?