Our expert says:
Such things are often done impulsively by people who are unhappy, but who could not give a clear reason, nomatter how hard they tried to do so. Homesickness might have been part of it, but to continually press for an Explanation is usuall counter-productive if one doesn't get offered promptly.
have you asked her what she thinks would be an appropriate punishment ( it can be a revealing question ). And does she understand that the further penalties are both for taking the other things, and for effectively lying by omission, in not admitting them.
I'm not sure that no sleepovers is necessarily draconian. Maybe for 6 months ? What is the purpose of this component of the penalty - to deny her something she likes very mugh ? Or to limit her chances of stealing things when in someone else's house ? The latter problem seems less likely, as she would probably fear the awful penalty of being discovered and talked about by her friends.
As Also Mum points out, this is an unfortunate phase with many kids, which most, thankfully, grow out of. Shoul it persist, of course, a further assessment would be called for.
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