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Stealing from a kid’s piggy bank

November 20, 2012

You must read this headline and think we are the worst parents in the world. I have to fess up and say that, yes, this has happened in my household a couple of times where we've had to raid the piggy bank in one of our kid's room.

Before you judge us as the most terrible parents in the world please hear me out.

Nowadays, with so many things paid for by debit card, I rarely carry cash but there are still certain things where cash is needed. That's when a couple of times we have dipped into the 4-year-old's piggy bank for a dollar or two. She has about five or six dollars crumpled up inside there and it was pretty tough to get through the small hole on the bottom

We've always replaced the money, but we feel kind of bad at the time taking it out of there.

I know, it's kind of sad, but you do what you gotta do, especially when you don't have cash on hand. Luckily, she doesn't do inventory on the money in the piggy bank very often so we can get away with it without her noticing.

One time, I also needed a snack that cost a dollar at work at had 75 cents, so when I was home a quarter magically disappeared from the piggy bak.

We can seek solace in the fact that most of the time the money in her piggy bank was given to her by us or other relatives.

It's not like it's hard-earned money working in the coal mines. It just magically was given to her without much work. If it was payment for work, then I'd really feel guilty about taking it. Hopefully, she doesn't track this column down one day when she can read and figure an amount of interest I owe her, or think my money is ripe for the taking. She might figure since daddy did it to her, she can take from me. So I guess we have to pretend this column never happened when she gets older.

I'd be interested to know if other parents have done this - especially in this age of debit cards and the lack of carrying cash on hand.

I hope it is commonplace then we won't feel quite like monsters if we find out it happens in other households.

Next week's column - how I swipe homemade apple pies from old ladies off their window sills and steal from the church collection plate.

Just kidding, I'm not that bad.

Besides, once word gets out that I'm stealing from one of my kids, I might be in jail and unable to write next week's column.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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