We’ve just discovered our 11yo daughter continually steals things.
Desperate to go on a shopping date with a friend, she was grounded because she stole $50 from my wallet.
A week later she was discovered with a device clutched to her chest at 10.15 at night. (There are a few reasons this is not OK: she doesn’t own a device [we’re waiting til she’s in high school], devices are to be put in a central charging area at 9.00pm; and we already know she has a device addiction).
She was grounded again. I informed the friend, but there ensued a long text conversation – between my 11yo and her friend – about how she wouldn’t misbehave again and she’d be good and they’d be able to go shopping the next weekend.
That was on Fri.
On Mon we discovered the wrapper of a Lindt chocolate block on her desk. She’d stolen it from the pantry on Sunday and eaten the whole thing Sunday-Monday!
We sat her down and had a long chat, she admitted she’d stolen money and things from the pantry before… She doesn’t know why she does it.
What should I do?
Posted anonymously, 3rd December 2018