Alexis - posted on 12/30/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )
my step daughter is almost 4, and has been living with us for 3 weeks. today she climbed the cabnents, which she knows not to do, and got her bubbles which she knows is an outside toy and porred it all over the carpet. when my husband and i asked her about it she lied and said the dog took it.
then while cleaning up, i found some of my husbands missing money and some of my jewlery hidden under her bed. she took the money out of my husbands wallet and my jewlery out of my jewlery box.
then later she said she was going potty, and instead decided to take my text book and hide it between her bed and the wall. i saw her on her bed coloring and since she had finally stopped crying from having to pick out toys worth the value she stole to be put away till she earned them back, i asked her if i could color with her.... and she took the book and ran.
im not really worried about the book, or the money or the carpet. im worried that this behavior is going to get her introuble, or shes going to fall from the cabnets or dump somthing over on top of her. im also do not like the privacy violation of her going through all of our stuff and taking what she wants... we have talked to her about this multiple times and the punishment has gotten worse the more she does it... from talking to here about it, to time out, to loss of privliges, and im not sure what to do next... these aproches dont seem to be working.