Deepa77 asks:

How to deal with a child who steals?

A 9 yr old who steals money from the mother's wallet.
In Topics: Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago



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Jun 2, 2013
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What the Expert Says:

It can be very frustrating as a parent when we see our children doing things that they know are wrong.

The most important thing is to remain calm when dealing with this behavior.

You want to make sure that your child understands that this behavior is not acceptable and that they will earn consequences for the choices that they have made.

Here are some key points to remember when delivering a consequence:
•Be clear - Make sure that your child knows what the consequence is and exactly what he or she did to earn it.
•Be consistent - Do not give a big consequence for a behavior one time and then ignore the behavior the next time it occurs. Talk to your spouse about how to address behavior and provide similar consequences.
•Be brief - Sometimes clear messages regarding behavior are lost if you lecture endlessly.
•Follow through - If you tell your child he earned a negative or positive consequence, follow through with it. If your daughter talks you out of a negative consequence or if you fail to provide the promised reinforcer, there is little incentive for your daughter to engage in the appropriate behavior in the future.
•Be as pleasant as possible - Research shows that children are more likely to respond positively and learn more from adults who are calm and reasonable, even when the adult is giving negative consequences.

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JamielaIsmail , Teacher writes:
I am sorry to hear this but tough love is the best way to deal with this.  Speak to your child giving him/ her a warning and 1 extra warning.  The third time you call the police and before they come to the house, inform them about the situation and ask them to take him/her to the police station and hold them in a cell (alone) for about an hour.  This really would rattle him/her and they will not do it again.
Good luck.
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