AS A parent you always try to teach your children to do the right thing.
It is one of those important lessons in life; such as treat others as you would like to be treated, honesty is the best policy and practice makes perfect are ones I remember learning.
But there are lessons in life that can be hard ones for kids to learn, and that is not everyone is honest.
Earlier this year my son had his pushbike stolen.
It was his pride and joy; a Christmas present given to him ahead of his start in high school… and two months later it was taken out of a friend's yard.
How do you explain to your child why someone would take something that wasn't theirs to take?
Especially when all his life you have been teaching him how wrong that is.
Unfortunately, a few months later it happened again.
This time his scooter was stolen from a shopping centre despite being locked up.
While both thefts were reported to police, it was hard to try to tell my 12-year-old that there was little chance he would see either of them again.
The sad thing is, these "events" are not rare, and my son is not just incredibly unlucky.
They are happening all the time to other kids as well.
Another friend told me about how her son's scooter was stolen this week.
It had also been locked up with a bike chain.
Her son had saved his money to buy the scooter in April.
When they set about telling their friends about it, they heard of more and more examples of this happening.
Bikes and scooters are just the start.
It is also phones, iPads etc.
I can't understand how a parent wouldn't question why their child is turning up at home with a "new" thing; new bike/scooter/iPad/phone or whatever it may be.
Makes me scared to think what sort of adults these children will grow up to be.
Third time unlucky and to top off my son's "learning" experience he also lost his new school hat.
I just hope the old "things happen in threes" rule applies in this case.
I can't afford any more of my son's life lessons.