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Is your kid's character heading toward jail? Is stealing becoming a problem? Although many kids steal something, the trick is knowing how to stop it. Look inside for some parenting tips on what to do.
Building Character with An Excerpt from BackTalk Street and "Thelma the Thief," page 39
...Thelma watched her mother back out the driveway. 'Now's my chance,' she thought. Thelma snuck into her parents' bedroom. She pocketed a twenty-dollar bill from her step-dad's dresser. 'I don't wait,' thought Thelma, 'I just take."
"What were you doing in mom and dad's room?" quizzed Peter.
Thelma jumped. She thought to herself, 'I didn't know he was home.' Her mind raced for an answer. "None of your business," she hissed.
Although Thelma acted tough, her heart pumped hard and fast as she headed back to her room.
Parents, stealing is like a cat on the hunt. It crouches down, looks, listens, and when the moment seems right, it pounces on its prey. Thelma watched her mother drive away. She thought she was alone. Thelma snuck into her parents' bedroom. Carefully, she opened her step-dad's drawer and took the money.
If you catch your child stealing at home, don't be surprised if she's taking things from classmates and friends. In Thelma's case her mother looked under Thelma's bed and was shocked. At school, Tilly the Tattle revealed Thelma's secret.
Kids who take from others have to be sneaky. They feel fear and they can't play openly with the toys they steal. They may become cranky and secretive.
Don't let this happen to your child. Be alert. Consider what you can do to help.
3 Parenting Questions for Stopping Your Child from Stealing
Gather your kids together. Read a story like Thelma's. Then discuss these questions:
1. Has anyone ever stolen your things? If so, how did you feel?
2. Why is earning what you want better than stealing?
3. What advice would you give kids who steal?
Even if your child doesn't steal, stories like Thelma's can boost their moral values. When they discuss the questions with you, they think about right and wrong. You help them form their character.
Some say that children who steal toys and money are seeking things to fill the emptiness in their hearts. As parents, let's give our kids the love they really want before stealing becomes a habit.
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