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How to teach your misbehaving kids not to steal

Updated on October 7, 2011

It is seemed normal for a child to misbehave since it is part of growing up. Parents should also allow some breathing space to help your kid explore for himself the value of making mistakes and to learn lesson from each experiences, though they can be painful at times.

The experiences will be etched on their minds especially the ones that handed them discomfort and pain and at the same time those things that gave them fun and pleasure as well. Hence, the child will be able to discern the clear-cut difference between what is right and what is wrong.

Keep in mind that some bad habits such as lying, stealing, bullying, smoking, etc. will be retained on into adulthood if these misbehaviors are left unchecked.

It is a must for parents to set up rules and express their expectations clearly. The parents must also be able to teach their kids by example.

One of the most dreaded misbehaviors of kids is perhaps stealing. Taking away others’ stuffs can be rude and nasty. This unwanted scenario might come into picture and may hand immense embarrassment into the culprit’s parents. Bear in mind that the child hasn’t matured yet and thinks that it is not a big deal to get things that doesn’t belong to him. Moreover, stealing can also be likened to other mistakes a child usually makes.

Most young children steal someone else’s without a clear intent and understanding of their actions. By the time a kid reaches six (6) to eight (8), 95% of children will have a clear understanding that stealing is not good.

Here are some suggestions or ways to help your child get rid of his stealing habit:

  • Set a good example for your child to emulate. Refrain from bringing home office supplies such as stationary, pens, pencils and the like. This is actually a prevention effort. So also do not brag about things at home especially those that can be found in school.
  • See to it that your children knows the stark difference between what belongs to them and things that belong to others.
  • Shun away from calling your child a thief every time he steals a thing, this will not serve him in good stead. Be persistent in letting your child do what is right at all times and return stolen items to the rightful owner always. For older child, you must go back to the store and return or pay for the item. This is a one-step backward, two-steps approach that will serve as a good lesson about honesty to him.
  • Never consent your child’s misbehavior particularly stealing.
  • Teach your kids the value of giving this will aid in letting them know that there is more joy and happiness from giving than receiving and “stealing”.

Thanks for the read!

An entry to the HubChallenge October 2011


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    • GeneralHowitzer profile image

      Gener Geminiano 5 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      So glad you dropped by... Thanks a lot for dropping by...

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      Aga 5 years ago

      Very useful tips! It isn't an easy issue to deal with! Thanks!