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Our 2 grandchildren (boy 12, girl 14) spent the night at our

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Our 2 grandchildren (boy 12, girl 14) spent the night at our house last night. Both had time alone in the house today, as we spent some of the afternoon out back, by the swimming pool. As we were getting the ready to go home, my wife had a hard time locating her wallet. When she did she realized $300 was missing. We informed the kids that something serious had happened and told them about the missing money. Both denied any knowledge.
The partents of these children are split, with our son, the father, not in the picture. There is some tension with the children's mother, but she is still civil and facilitates visitation with us. How should we deal with: 1. notification of the children's mother, 2. future visits

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Yes. Absolutely let their mom be aware of what had taken place. If she is the main disciplinarian and care taker, she needs to know what is going on.


You may want to sit the two grandchildren together and explain to them that the money that is missing would have been used to pay for food, bills, medication, etc. Let them know that as a result, their visit may not be as fun (you may resort to feeding them macaroni and cheese and peanut butter sandwiches) Tell them that should they find the money, you can make changes with the present set up.


Ask their mother how would she handle something like that and if there had been incidents of this nature that she's aware of.


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