Before I take it off my blog, i thought I would share some of my observations from my poll. Obviously it was not super sophisticated statistical research, but I was actually kind of surprised at the results. I expected them to be higher in some cases and lower in others.
I didn't expect 21% of the families who responded to say taht they had had a birth child steal from them. I never even thought of stealing from my parents, neither did Bart. So that surprises me.
I am also surprised that only 52% of people had an adopted child steal from them. I assumed it would be closer to 75% or even higher. And that only 11% % had it go higher than $1,000
I guess all in all I"m glad that everyone isn't experiencing the same thing we have over the past 12 years since we got our first older kids. Not only have we had outright thievery, but the accidental "pilfering" of things that got into people's pockets and were never to returned. Things like the emerald and opal necklace that Bart bought for my first mother's day that matched my wedding band. Or Bart's class ring from high school. Things that aren't worth thousands of dollars but are worth so much more.
Sure, we learned to lock things up, and my office and the bedroom are both locked. I have locking drawers on my desk. We are a lot more careful now. But sometimes they can still get our stuff when we lease expect it.
I'm encouraged by the poll... even though it is far from statistically accurate. It gives me some hope that other people's lives can be different than ours and that every time I recruit a family for a child I don't have to immediately assume their lives will be like mine....