What to do about 8 year old stealing
June 24, 2012 11:14 AM Subscribe
I'm posting for my sister. Her question: I have an 8 year-old daughter, 4th of 6 kids, who is loving and fun a lot of the time, and tempermental and argumentative with her siblings more often than the other kids. I get reports from my older kids often that she has stolen their things and I have found ipods, my jewelry, etc. under her bed on more than one occassion. I hae spoken to her many times, have had her write letters of apology, give up something of hers, etc. Although she has many toys and things of her own, she always wants what others have and has a very dark green streak of jealousy.
posted by ms_rasclark to human relations (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I try to give her a lot of attention so she doesn't feel lost in such a big family. In fact, I just started a book club for her and her friends. What happened today, however, has me stumped. I really don't know what to do, but feel it needs to be more than what I have done in the past. A family friend, 11 years-old, came over yesterday and I took two of my daughters and this friend to a local waterpark. We took the friend home on the way back. I then received a call from the friend who claimed to have left her cell phone here. I looked and couldn't find it. This morning I received a text saying, "Nevermind, I found my phone." Great! About 10 minutes later, my 16 year-old walked in on my 8 year-old hiding and playing with the phone. She found the phone, hid it, and texted me that her friend found her phone! I had her call the friend and apologize, but this seems over the top. Help!