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My 5-year-old is stealing food and lying

Be calm, and use this as an opportunity Hang in there. My 6 year old did this regularly at the end of last year and I noticed a whole lot of lolly wrappers under his bed. It's normal. I'm not sure ...
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My 5-year-old is stealing food and lying

How about having a "snack drawer" that is accessible to kids, and contains a nice amount of sweets and such? This will reduce any anxiety of scarcity in the child. Hoarding and stealing ...
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My 5-year-old is stealing food and lying

Hoarding food can be a sign of scarcity trauma (not necessarily of food) or fear and uncertainty about the future. If this is the case then focusing on the food may just be addressing the symptom not ...
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My 5-year-old is stealing food and lying

I'll be more authoritarian / prescriptive: Do not punish your child for telling the truth You write that the child is "lying about it". What do you hope to achieve by asking about it? Are ...
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My 5-year-old is stealing food and lying

Lying and stealing are normal behaviors at that age, especially in boys. Also normal in humans is a propensity for sweets. As adults, we eat what we want, but little ones often need permission, which ...
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