I would try to discover what is behind your daughter's stealing. My bet is that your child is suffering emotionally at some level, perhaps at an unconscious level that she can not articulate well. Please reaffirm her basic goodness and your unconditional love for her, while you ask her what might be bothering her -- does she need more of your time and attention? Is she jealous of a sibling? Is there something going on within your family that could be troubling her? Is there an ongoing family crisis -- divorce, chronic illness, unemployment? Children at this age often steal from family members as a way to express their confusion about current family dynamics. Her stealing is giving you clues that she needs your understanding and attention about something that is causing her hurt. I know that you will approach this in a non-judgmental manner and give her the compassionate help that she needs.
Seven-Year-Old Is Stealing
Carleton Kendrick has been in private practice as a family therapist and has worked as a consultant for more than 20 years. He has conducted parenting seminars on topics ranging from how to discipline toddlers to how to stay connected with teenagers. Kendrick has appeared as an expert on national broadcast media such as CBS, Fox Television Network, Cable News Network, CNBC, PBS, and National Public Radio. In addition, he's been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, USA Today, Reader's Digest, BusinessWeek, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and many other publications.
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