Stealing behaviour top tips

At, our goal is to provide support and resources for children who struggle with behavior problems, including stealing. While it can be a difficult and complex issue, there are steps that parents and caregivers can take to help children learn to stop stealing.

Here are 10 tips that can help:

  1. Address the root cause: Stealing can stem from a variety of underlying issues, such as emotional distress, peer pressure, or poverty. Understanding the root cause can help in developing a more effective solution.
  2. Set clear boundaries: Children need clear and consistent rules and consequences for their actions. Make sure they understand what is expected of them and the consequences for stealing.
  3. Teach empathy: Children who steal often lack empathy for others. Encourage them to think about how their actions affect others and help them develop a sense of empathy.
  4. Increase supervision: Children who steal often do so when they are unsupervised or in an environment where they are not being watched. Increasing supervision can help prevent stealing.
  5. Encourage honesty: Children who steal often struggle with telling the truth. Encourage honesty and reward children when they are truthful.
  6. Reinforce positive behavior: When children behave positively, reinforce their behavior. Acknowledge and reward positive behaviors to help encourage children to repeat them.
  7. Offer alternatives: Sometimes children steal out of boredom or because they don’t know what else to do. Offer children alternative activities and encourage them to participate in these activities.
  8. Provide support: Children who steal often need support and understanding. Provide support and listen to their needs and concerns.
  9. Seek professional help: If the issue persists or if you need additional support, consider seeking professional help from a therapist, counselor, or psychologist.
  10. Follow through: Children who steal often test boundaries. Be consistent with consequences and follow through with consequences every time.

In conclusion, helping children who are stealing learn to stop stealing is a complex process that requires patience, understanding, and support. The tips provided above can be a starting point in helping children overcome this behavior. However, it is important to remember that every child is different and that a tailored approach is necessary for each child.


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  2. National Institute of Mental Health. (n.d.). Children and Teens Who Steal.
  3. Mayo Clinic. (2020). Child Behavior Issues: Understanding and Coping With Your Child’s Behavior.