My oldest has began sticking things in her pockets from stores. I am having to check her pockets before we leave the store. Do you think that scaring her straight is smart?

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Christina - posted on 04/13/2009

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Quoting Traci:

My oldest has began sticking things in her pockets from stores. I am having to check her pockets before we leave the store. Do you think that scaring her straight is smart?




my son did that once and i did scare him and also took him back to the store and return the thing he stole and he never   did it again and he was 6 years old at the time when he did this.

Tiffany - posted on 04/13/2009

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Don't worry, you are doing the right thing by intervening early and showing her and her sister that sort of behavior is unacceptable. Let me know how it goes. I will put you in my Mommy prayers.

Traci - posted on 04/13/2009

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She gets an allowance and won't save it. She has chores that she has to do. When asked why she does it she just says she doesn't know. She is in counseling every 2 weeks. I just sat up the appointment for a deputy that I do know that she doesn't know to do it for me next week. She doesn't know about it. She is going after her counseling next week. I hope it works. I am so worried about her. She is only 9 but has been through alot in those 9 years. I don't want her little sister to follow and do the same things that she is doing.

Tiffany - posted on 04/13/2009

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I think the Sheriffs idea is really good. But you should also ask her why she takes things. Don't accept the obvious answer which is "because she wanted whatever it is" but instead dig deeper. Think about giving her an allowance. Tell her ways she can earn money and use this as an opportunity to teach her to save and help out around the house too.

Traci - posted on 04/13/2009

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She is 9 she knows right from wrong. She will even tell you she knows it is wrong but she don't care. The bad thing is I used to work for the Sheriffs office and I can't have any of the deputies I know talk to her because she knows them. So they have gave me names and numbers of some that I don't know all that well that she doesn't know to try to scare her straight.

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