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Stealing is becoming more and more “popular.” As the economy takes a downturn, more people are resorting to just taking what they want. Yes, sometimes it can be drug related or petty crimes where a vehicle or house is broken into, but that doesn’t make it any less scary for the victims or wrong for the culprit to be doing.
So we have to ask ourselves, why do people steal? As I mentioned before, people steal to support a drug habit, but what about “normal” people or even children? Some may say it all has to do with upbringing and for the most part, that is true. However, there are other underlying reasons why kids and teens feel the need to take stuff that doesn’t belong to them.
Usually children under the age of four don’t understand the idea of stealing – they see what they want and take it. If your child does this in a store or at a friend’s house, it is the perfect opportunity to talk about the importance of not stealing. Once your child has reached five or six, this concept becomes easier to grasp and they shouldn’t still be pocketing stuff that doesn’t belong to them.
If you notice your child exhibiting signs of stealing, they may lack self-control and you will need to work on this area with them. Let them know how the person feels when they steal an item from them, and relate it back to how they would feel if someone stole an object important to them. Kids will gain self-control at different rates and it usually becomes more rooted as they grow and mature.
Another reason a child may steal is peer pressure. Their friends are all doing it and are pushing your child to join in. This can be a very difficult time for them – no one wants to look wimpy or scared in front of the crowd, especially kids. If your child has gotten involved in this, then a heart-to-heart talk is called for. Some kids truly don’t want to indulge in the pressure, but feel helpless to stand up for themselves. Guide your child through these difficult decisions and help them see the wrong in stealing. Point out the trouble this can land them in, not only with the family, but also long-term with the law.
Indulging in the need to steal may also come from a child that feels something is missing in their lives, whether it be material possessions or the love and attention they crave. This can all lead to a child stealing to (what they believe) will relieve that nagging need. Of course, we know this won’t work, but kids need to have the real problem addressed and worked through with patience and understanding.
Other kids steal because they get a rush from it or they don’t care about the rules put in place for them and the rest of society. These kids may be from troubled or from broken homes, or even the kid next door. Even with the proper upbringing some children still feel entitled to do as they want. Unfortunately, these may be the toughest ones to get through to. Sitting them down and explaining the consequences to their actions is best. Give them the hard facts about what being a criminal will mean to the rest of their lives, despite how much it is glamorized on television.
Watch for signs of your child stealing and nip it in the bud early on. An ounce of prevention now may save you a lot of heartache down the road.
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