Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Zonni | 2008/06/06


child of 5 stealing

I have a 5 year old girl. Sometimes if we are at friends or family she will take something home without permission from me or my husband. I dont know what to do because it feels like she is a criminal. I talked to her about the issue but i heard that there is an illness if people takes something without knowing it. What do you think. Must i take her to a doctor that works with things like that or do you think she is just nauthy.

Expert's Reply



Difficult as it may be to believe, a child of this age does not realise that stealing is wrong. They do not realise that objects which are attractive to them may have an owner.All that is needed is a gentle reminder when something is taken that they should really be left where they are and not taken home. When out visiting it is necessary to be more firm. Check your child before leaving the friend's house and return any objects that may have been taken. Do not despair when you find that your child has taken something. She will eventually come to learn what is hers and what belongs to someone else.

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