How to deal with a child that steals?

Sandra - posted on 05/19/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi there. We recently found out that our 10 year old son is stealing, he sometimes steals other kids toys at school and we caught him last night stealing a pack of Ben10 cards in the shop. We have spoken to him about it before but we are getting nowhere and really don't know what to do about it anymore. Is there anyone out there that can help us with this problem please?

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Linda Council - posted on 12/01/2014

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don't spare the rod
also take him to a church where they believe in laying on of hands
let the preacher pray for him

Valerie - posted on 05/20/2010

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I would take him to the owner of the shop to hold him accountable. I would take him to the school counselor or a private counselor to get to the root of the stealing...there is something underlying and now is the time to nip it in the bud...get curious not furious and hold him accountable...how is he getting along at school? does he have friends? professional help is the way to go...all the best

Dawn - posted on 05/19/2010

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I find that when you cant get a child to listen and stop doing something, if you do it back, they get the picture. "Steal" something of his that is really important to him. Like a video game or even his computer or television. When he asks where it went just tell him "Oh, someone must have stolen it" Children tend to get the idea of consequences a lot faster when whatever they are doing happens to them.

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my husband told me a story of how he stole something once and his mom caught him. she took him to the store to return it, and apologize - but first she (without him knowing) called the police and asked if they would help her teach him a lesson... so she took him to jail! i dont know if theyd do it now-a-days but they put him in a holding cell and she walked out ...... he told me how terrified he was! it mustve worked because he never stole again.....

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