2 weeks ago I got caught shoplifting makeup at Target. Im 18, so they didn’t call my parents. They just took my information down and let me go thankfully. Today I got sent a civil letter that I knew was coming, I was going to pay for it. I made the dumb decision so I was willing to take the consequences and pay. I did not tell my parents this whole time. I reflected on my dumb decision for the past 2 weeks, started attending bible study and started forgiving myself, praying and etc. Of course my parents got the letter today and flipped out. They are completely disappointed in me. I am too but they are not talking to me and would not let me attend the concert that I was going to go to tomorrow. (Im fine with that honestly, guess I deserve it) My only thing is, at this point, my parents won’t let me go anywhere. They want me home and to sit in my pity and dwell on my mistakes. Iv’e already accepted everything for what it is. I do not dwell on my past, I learned my lesson and moved on from the situation. Idk what to do, what to say to them. Help?
People make mistakes. We are humans, perfection is not possible. Explain to them why you did it, and that you know you were wrong. This does not make you a bad person, we ALL make bad decisions. Yes, they have a right to be mad, but you can help them understand why you did it and also prove to them that you will not do it again. It will take time, but good things come to those that wait. It might be painful and tedious but hey, you gotta go what you gotta do. I wish you the best of luck. It's going to be okay :)
Basically, youre 18. They cannot stop you from doing whatever you want. Makeup isn't that big of a deal, even though shoplifting is wrong, it was a little mistake. As long as YOU are working on forgiving yourself, don't worry about how your parents are reacting. If you want, try talking to them about it.