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  • What do you do with a 6-year-old who steals?

    Here's how to deal with this nasty behavior.

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    Be firm, but don’t overreact. Explain to him that stealing is unacceptable. Talk about ownership and respecting other people’s possessions. Ask him why he did it, and discuss with him what the consequences are for his actions. He will have to give back what he took and apologize to the person he took the item from. Some privileges may have to be taken away from him (no TV or outdoor play, or give him additional house chores to do). Remind him that you believe he’s a good and loving kid and that you will always be there help him do what is right.

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