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What to do if a child steals money

One of the most unpleasant topics in raising a child is theft. Therefore, we understand perfectly well the parents ‘ excitement about this difficult topic. Money and things in the modern world are important elements of a happy life, a child understands this at the age of 5, and maybe even earlier. Interestingly, until the age of three, a child does not even distinguish between such concepts as “yours” and “mine”. So if a two-year-old kid took another child’s shoulder blade on the Playground, he’s certainly not a thief. But the older the child gets, the more serious and conscious such actions become. Moreover, the” object ” of attention can be not only other people’s things, but also money. And then mom and dad have a question-what to do if the child steals?
“Four ages” of child theft
Unconscious (0-3 years)
Example: little Vanechka sees an interesting trinket. He likes it, and the child puts it in his pocket so that he can give it to one of his parents for his birthday.
Children’s (4-11 years old)
Example: Tanya brings a pen with many different colors to school. Her parents bought her as a gift for her diligent studies. Svetochka doesn’t have one, so she takes the pen for herself and turns the blame on their third girlfriend.
Minor adolescent (12-17 years old)
Example: Dasha’s” Advanced “friends steal Kinders from a supermarket and ask Her to join them. How can you refuse?
Real deliberate theft (teenagers and 18+)
There are a million examples, but the most important thing is that it is criminally punishable.
Of course, stealing as a child may seem like a small thing. But if you miss this moment in childhood, then it will be harder to cope with the problem! Stealing is a very personal and shameful offense. But how many people stole everything! Everyone, probably, at least once, but would like to appropriate something else’s, and most likely even did it. Parents, remember your childhood – did it happen that You or one of Your friends stole? What happened? How did you feel about it? Your child is unlikely to tell You about this, and parents are often uncomfortable to raise this topic in a conversation with their child.
Parents, remember your childhood – did it happen that You or one of Your friends stole? What happened? How did you feel about it? Your child is unlikely to tell You about this, and parents are often uncomfortable to raise this topic in a conversation with their child.
What is the reason for stealing a child?
If you first noticed the theft of a child, do not immediately give up, get upset and think about who your child will grow up to be. Many of the parents whose children have stolen something, God forbid, immediately imagine their subsequent life in the world of crime. I hasten to assure You, from child thieves grew up and grow up quite decent people. So before you ring all the bells, you should figure out what really caused Your child to steal. Experts identify several reasons for child theft:
A great desire to possess a thing that you liked
For example, in a store, you refused to buy a new car or doll for a child, because this week, let’s say, you already bought two. Desperate to possess this thing, he steals the money or the thing itself.
Self-doubt and a desire to confirm your own status
This reason is more likely to apply to teenagers. My friends have a fashion item, but I don’t. So I’m worse than them. When I get it, I’ll be better. Parents don’t buy, so you have to steal. Here, of course, the reason is self – doubt-one’s own success is connected with the possession of material values. So the first question to decide is: why are you worse than others if you don’t have this thing?
Psychological dissatisfaction
There are many cases when the result of inattention on the part of at least one parent is theft. Parents ‘ attention is usually attracted by loud actions, and this is exactly the case. And for a child, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing. Objective: to get attention.
Lack of education and willpower
The case when the child is not quite clear – why you can not take someone else’s. Most often, this is due to the fact that they often refuse to buy things and rarely explain why. They don’t tell you where money or goods come from, how much they cost, or what value each item has. A separate case is when a family needs money. There are completely different mechanisms at work here. If you are faced with theft, you should look for the reason. Understand what the child wants to get by stealing. And at the same time-to conduct a conversation, explain that there are various ways to earn money. Tell them about the deplorable consequences of theft for other people – for example, that sellers are fined for the fact that their goods are missing from the store.
Simply put – there are two” global ” reasons:
Diffidence
Lack of understanding of the value of money and that stealing is bad.
People often talk about kleptomania, which is a mental disorder, but this is a huge rarity in General, and in children it rarely happens at all.
What to do when children steal money?
The importance of money as one of the most important resources in a person’s life, children begin to realize from kindergarten. They can buy anything from ice cream to a huge three-story house. In other words, Finance is an opportunity to get what you want now. And, if the parent refuses to buy what they want and there is no way to earn money on their own, taking money from their parents without asking seems to be the only way out of this situation.
A new notebook, pen, toy, and other trinkets – for You unnecessary junk, and for children-the whole world.
Did you find out that the child started stealing? What to do to avoid the appearance of a new “hobby” for Your child – after all, an easy way to get what you want can easily become a habit!
Here are the most effective tips:
Pocket.
They should be. This way You will kill two birds with one stone: you will start to engage in financial education of your child and stop theft. Start learning how to manage your money from the age of five. Start with, say, 50 rubles a week. Give your child a wallet so that your finances are always neatly kept in one place.
Remember that money for the dining room/buffet/travel is not the same as pocket money – after all, if a school student has a “penny for a penny”, he does not have the opportunity to buy what he wants! Well, as long as it doesn’t”save on the stomach”. And so do many children.
Financial literacy.
Do not forget to explain to your child that it is unlikely that you will have everything at once. If you want something, and this is a “financial goal”, then you need to set it and determine the price of what you want. Then find out if you can save somewhere, save up to buy a thing more expensive than the size of your pocket. Please remind us that there should always be extra money for travel, in case of unforeseen situations. Show your trust with such care – you give the child the opportunity to manage their own finances. Of course, this is just the beginning, later you can send a student to courses on financial literacy, where this topic will be analyzed in detail and show how interesting the topic of Finance is. But start at least with small steps!
Underworking
Do your desires go beyond your pocket money? Do not give your child extra pocket money just like that. It is important for a child to learn to know the value of Finance. Offer to earn money. A teenager can find a part-time job for the holidays on the Internet, with friends, or just near home. Support your job search and show how proud you are of your student!
Instructive stories, fairy tales, cartoons for children
You only need to search – on the Internet You will find a million stories for children of all ages about theft. From children’s fairy tales, where the hero steals something, then they find out about it and he becomes ashamed. For example, the tale of Leo Tolstoy “the Bone” – it is small, interesting, and instructive. There are even more cartoons on this topic.
To talk to a teenager, choose interesting movies and stories from real life. Cartoons, they are unlikely to be close. And in the process of discussion, you will be interlocutors. It is not necessary to take the role of “teacher.” It’s just repulsive.
Support and the ability to fix the situation.
If the child does not admit that he took someone else’s, offer to return the stolen goods “before anyone notices”. For the little ones, create a game moment. Tell the child: “we have a housekeeper and took my earrings. Let’s leave him the cake, and then he will return them.»
Tell them that you still love them, help them get over the situation and fix it, and support them. He’s ashamed, anyway. Even if it doesn’t show it.
Developing self-confidence and internal principles.
We need to say that stealing is bad. No matter how banal this advice sounds. Remind the student that they are good, that you love them, appreciate them, and are proud of them. Let him take a self-confidence course. Then the chance that it will be taken “on weak” and provoke theft will be minimal.

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