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OPP: Turn My Son In

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Today’s OPP comes from Candy:
 
YI! I need some parenting advice…
My son is 19 and he’s been a real trouble maker the last few years. My husband has always been there for him and makes sure he lands on his feet. When he got his license taken away for too many tickets, my husband would pay every ticket and still lend him the car. I’m sick of it! He needs to learn his lesson and I think I found a way to teach it to him. I just found out he has a warrant out for his arrest (not for anything violent) and I want to turn him in. I want the cops to show up at his apartment and arrest him. I want him to sit in jail and see how awful it is. I want him to see what will happen if he stays on this path. But I’m still torn. If my family ever finds out I’m the one that turned him in it will tear us apart. What if it puts him on a worse path? Can you guys have some people give me some advice? What should I do?
Thanks,
Candy  
 
Oh man, if I was a mother I don’t think I could turn my son into the police, no matter how old he is, but if he is an adult and it’s the last thing on earth I can think to do; If I just can’t handle it anymore then yes, I would go ahead and turn him in and hope for the best. If my mom was to put me in a jail, I think I would hate her for a really long time, but if it helped change my life around in any capacity, I think I would forgive her. If she thinks what she’s doing is right, then that’s exactly what she needs to hold onto and hope everything will work out for the best.
 
What advice do you have for Candy?
 
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01/24/2012 10:03AM
OPP: Turn My Son In
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01/25/2012 4:28PM
parenting advice....
Hello Candy, So I am not a parent, but just to give you a little perspective on the criminal justice side of things, I am a probation officer. By knowing that your son has a warrant and not turning him, you are aiding and abiding, which could turn into a ticket or jail time for yourself. Better to be safe than sorry, I would turn him in, especially if it's just for a minor infraction and he'll only be spending a few nights in jail. I would personally turn him in on a friday so he would have to spend the weekend in jail....best of luck, D
01/25/2012 4:30PM
parenting advice
parenting advice.... Hello Candy, So I am not a parent, but just to give you a little perspective on the criminal justice side of things, I am a probation officer. By knowing that your son has a warrant and not turning him, you are aiding and abiding, which could turn into a ticket or jail time for yourself. Better to be safe than sorry, I would turn him in, especially if it's just for a minor infraction and he'll only be spending a few nights in jail. I would personally turn him in on a friday so he would have to spend the weekend in jail....best of luck, D
01/25/2012 5:18PM
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Candy... from the point of view of a parent I would understand if it hurts you to turn your son in but think that is for his own good. Is like when a toodler whats to know what fire feels like, you can tell the kid that he will get burn but his curiosity is going to make him put his hand in there and until then he will not learn. On this ocation is the same way your husband keeps paying for your sons mistakes, you need to put a stop to it. Talk to your husband tell him that you will be turning in your son and that he is not to pay for his bail. Then call the police tell them where and when they can find your son and try to be there when they arrive. Before the police takes him explain to him that you love him but he has to learn what being a grownup is and that neither your husband or yourself will be paying for his mistakes any longer. No matter how angry he might get, try to be as calm as possible, ignore the comments that he might say, the time alone in that cell will make him think and when he is with a cool head (next day or so) go visit him and have an adult conversation with him. An experience like this will make a difference.
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