Parenting Dilemmas

Lil Community: What Would You Do About a Lost Library Book?

Motherhood can be a mind-boggler. Wiggle is faced with a moral dilemma and asked our community for help.

My darling 7-year-old loves going to the library. So do I, but on our last visit we ran into trouble. She couldn't check out her book selections because she (and by that I mean we, or really I) hadn't returned a book checked out months ago. "It must be lost," the librarian said. "It'll by $26 to replace." I was sure if we looked hard enough we could find it, so she gave us a three-week grace period. We have torn our house apart looking to no avail. The book has disappeared in the ether.

I want my daughter to learn to respect the library and its books. So my first thought was to have her use her piggy bank money, but I don't want to bankrupt her. Her plan was we split the bill and that she paid $6. What would you do?

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