Our expert says:
OK. Firstly, I'm relieved to discover, despite the title, that nobody is stealing kids.
Sounds like the psychologist may have underplayed the issue of your kids stealing, though your methods as regards stealing from shops is widely used and seems to have worked.
What you tried to do at the police station does indeed sometimes work --- but isn't it frightening to think that the people who are supposed to include Child Protection amongst their duties, were so eager to beat your children and to urge you to do likewise. Don't blame yourself because you ran into badly trained and crude policemen. As Curious says, it is now a crime for antyone to beat children, so you found policement eager to commit crimes and to encourage others to do so !
I suspect the kids are more troubled than the first unefective psychologist seems to have recognized, and probably would benefit from seeing a different child psychologist, to advise them and you after a more careful assessment
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