MY CHILD IS STEALING FOOD AT ANYTIME OF DAY OR NIGHT.

Janna - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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please help, my 8 yr old goes downstairs and steals food no matter what we say or do to him, he still does it. what can we do?

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Vanessa - posted on 01/05/2012

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my seven year old dose the same thing for the ppl who don't think it's stealing maybe you should try telling my three year old that! he cryed his eyes out when we relized not only had his sister eatern her own sweets but his as well! and i leave fruit and bread out for her. she has dinner before bed and we have had to resort to putting locks on cubords and fridige! i was raised to belive if you take something that does not belong to you without permision it is stealing!

Melanie - posted on 06/26/2010

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if a fridge lock won't mork for some reason get a door alarm. The stealing in my house has stopped unless we forget to arm the fridge, garage and bedroom. Because the alarm causes my son to start running the otherway and it wakes us up when it goes off.

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Bec - posted on 06/26/2011

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I thought of another thing just buy heaps of fruit maybe cerial and bread so he can make toast and grab food when ever but you are still incontrol of what for monitoring say sugar and these are minimal mess.plus if he is encouraged to stop sneaking food and can help himself you can see what he eats and when more so and eliminate eatting disorders and the sneaky thing won't be an issue as between fridge snacks and bench food set up for him to have access to at any time that will go away.It won't break your budget or shopping plans and he won't be so hungry and probably eat more open as he now would have permission to help himself without an issue.

Bec - posted on 06/26/2011

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I let my son pork put as much as he wants in the afternoon as he eats little through the day and is active so not a big build.I would not talk to him nor would I call it stealling just let it be or yeah set up his snack space.The last thing you want is an eating disorder by it being disscussed all the time why is he hungry? maybe after dinner do evening tea before bed time. we all did it we use to eat all the choc. bickies and leave one...LOL saying it wasn't me!!

Elisheva - posted on 06/26/2011

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I don't consider it "stealing" to take some pretzels or a small dish of ice cream and put the rest back for others. However, it's a different story to find torn open bags of food, ants crawling around it and melted pints of ice cream in the child's bedroom.

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There are drawer and fridge locks that you can put on. Then leave out the things you would be okay with him eatting and only the amount your okay with, too. Then as with all things repetedly let them know how much and what is okay to eat. It takes a long time to understand these things sometimes.

Also consider any medical issues. I have acid reflux and eatting helps get rid of the burning for a short time. This may be an issue for your child. Children with autism have frequent issues with digestion ranging from constipation to reflux. He could be getting in back teeth and chewing helps the pain. Or it could be that he craves the sensory stimulation of the food in his mouth.

With any of these health issues meds or alternative chewing items may help. Since our kids can't talk well please always consider medical issues. I have found that to be the problem many times for my daughter!

Best of luck!
Aimee

Candy - posted on 06/14/2010

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I too have a now 9 yr old that steals food. He has done it for going on 2 yrs. I say steals food cause when I ask if he ate it he looks me right in the eyes and tells me no. That is y I call it stealing. Ex: Today I brought home a box of donut holes which he knew were off limits I told him they were for tomo morning breakfast. While we were doing our daily things around the house in a time frame of about 30 mins he took.stole 6 jelly filled donut holes and then uickly went outside. We called him back in when we discovered it and asked if he took the 6 donut holes, he then looked at me and said no. Then when he seen me getn mad he looked at me and told me "OK I took 2 or maybe more I don't know." My ? is how do u stop them when u have tried everything else? We have done the drawer in the cupboard, a shelf in the pantry, a shelf and a drawer in the frig, we have gotten mad we have disciplined for the stealing and the lying, we have let it slide and not said anything, we have talked to his psychiatrist we have done everything we an think of. Any suggestions would b more than welcome.

Cheryl - posted on 02/24/2010

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Can I just ask why you call it 'stealing'? I used to help myself to food in my parents cupboards just because I wanted a snack and often got the 'munchies' lol. Please don't think I am criticising or anything I just wondered...When I stopped at my friends house when i was little her mum used to put some snacks in a little cupboard as she knew we used to get up in the night for 'midnight feasts' and we loved it especially as we thought her mum knew nothing about it lol

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