queensy asks:

What if the child is 13 and never lied or stolen before. Given that the father has left the family so mother has to work.

These problems stemmed from peer relationships; the need to have what others talk about.

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In Topics: Self esteem and identity, Teen issues
> 60 days ago



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What the Expert Says:

We are glad that you are reaching out about this parenting issue. Whenever a child has a change in behavior it is always best to address the issue immediately.
When you catch your child stealing or in a lie it is important that you use this as a teaching experience to explain what they did wrong , why it was wrong and what they should have done differently. Always follow up this experience with an immediate consequence (be firm and consistent with those consequences. ) Don't forget to "catch " your child doing good as well.  Give them positive praise immediately to let them know you see them doing what they should be doing.  

We hope this helps and if you have any further questions, we hope you will reach out again . Call us anytime.

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