tdbarnes asks:

5 year old stealing at school, disrespect, and having accidents

I am a single mother of a very strong willed five year old girl. Her father is not around at all. I also attend school as well as work. Lately my daughter has started disrespecting me and having accidents. Then, last week she stole her teachers cell phone. She was disciplined, losing Halloween, getting a spanking, and she went to the local police station for a little chat. Exactly 7 days later she tried to steal a marker and play doh from school again. She is already grounded from TV and sweet treats as well. I have scheduled an appointment for counseling but I am lost with what else to do. I don't know if my child has a conscience. She has recently began chores and helping around the house which has changed some of the disrespect and attitude but since then she has started stealing at school. Plus the accidents at night which is at least a twice a week occurrence. I feel like I am failing... and am out of options... PLEASE HELP
In Topics: Discipline and behavior challenges, Communicating with my child (The tough talks)
> 60 days ago



Oct 27, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

I can feel your pain throughout your letter. You are trying the best you can as a single mother and have taken a big step toward helping your child by scheduling counseling. Please ask them to not only help your daughter, but to give you strategies for helping with discipline. You may find very viable measures that do no include spanking, to be more effective.

There are many reasons for lying and stealing.  I have added some resources below for you and hope they help, too.

Good luck!

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