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.
Rachel Arguelles, head teacher at the Greenhills Learning Center in San Juan
Abelardo Apollo I. David, Jr., occupational therapist and executive director of the Independent Living and Learning Center
Ropheme Meniola, M.A. in counseling and minor in family and child psychology, Ateneo de Manila
Romela Rubio, psychologist; SMART PARENTING ( July, August, September, and October 2003
June , July, August, October, November 2004;April 2005)
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