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To Catch A Thief: Discouraging Stealing Habits

In this blog post from the Triple P Team, we explore why kids steal and how to break the pattern.

It can start simply enough with finding an unfamiliar toy in your child’s backpack. When you ask where it came from, you might get a breezy response like, “Oh, my friend, Liam, told me I could have it.”

But then a few days later, you notice a couple dollars missing from your wallet and you wonder whether or not your child might be stealing.

At some point, children over the age of 5 may experiment with intentional stealing—such as taking a toy that doesn’t belong to them. The trouble comes when kids develop a regular pattern of stealing, leading to trust issues at home and even at school and in the community.

For a look at why kids experiment with stealing and tips for helping discourage the behavior, read the full blog post at

This article is brought to you by Parenting Now! Parenting Educators and authors Amanda Bedortha, Claire Davis, and Lynne Swartz and consultant Jay Thompson ( 

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