How can the behavior of the thief child and the thief teenager be modified and reformed?



Modifying the behavior of the thief child and the thief teenager:


Modifying the thief's behavior:

It is easy to modify the behavior of a stealing child under the supervision of parents, as there are many ways to deal with the problem of stealing in a child, and we mention them as follows:

  • Keep in mind that child stealing does not mean that he is a bad child or that you are a bad parent. Instead, try to determine why the child is stealing.
  • See a child's stealing as an opportunity to teach them the difference between right and wrong.
  • Make your reaction dependent on if this is the first time that the child has stolen, in the event that it is a repeat incident, a stricter approach must be taken.
  • Explain to the child that stealing is wrong and ask him to return the item he took, apologize and take responsibility for his actions.
  • Explain to the child the consequences of stealing by asking him how he would feel if someone took his favorite toy.
  • Explain to the child that stealing is a crime that carries consequences and should not be taken lightly. Children who are aware of the consequences of stealing will repeat the behavior less in the future.
  • Provide the child with an opportunity to be responsible for the money by giving him a small amount of money as pocket money to spend on himself, as the child becomes less likely to steal if he has his own money.
  • In the event that the child continues to steal, he may need the help of specialists, as the repeated theft indicates that there are bigger problems that the child may suffer from.

Modifying the behavior of a teenage thief:

The behavior of a teenage thief can be modified by not tolerating theft and explaining to the teenager how serious the situation is by following the aforementioned steps to treat teenage theft.