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What to do if a child steals

The subject of child theft is known by many parents. This problem usually relates to “shameful” and allow her sometimes under force not to everyone. If you learned that the child was stolen, do not rush to shout, to scold and punish! And even if the theft of your son or daughter like a thunder in a clear sky, still do not give in to emotions. In this situation it is important to do so not just to resolve the situation, and to find its cause and prevent negative actions in the future.

Stealing or kleptomania?

Many parents, having caught a child stealing, start to panic: the child is a thief and should be treated!

Let’s clarify the terminology. Child stealing and kleptomania have their similarities, but still, it’s very different concepts. If the child is brought from kindergarten someone else’s toy or pulled from dad’s wallet a few bucks, it’s not a reason for hospitalization.

Kleptomania – mental disorder, morbid desire to steal, is very rare and almost exclusively in adults.

So if you caught your child stealing, do not rush to carry him to the doctors. Try to find the reasons for this situation.

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