How to Steal a Dog by Barbara OConnorWow! This is a touching story that shined some light for me into the life of homelessness from a childs perpesctive. The main character, Georgina, deals with some tough times while living out of a car with her mother and younger brother. It is a real eye opener; reminding me not to take things for granted.
This is a must read for anyone who works with children, especially in a title I school setting. We may never know what our students are really going through outside of school.
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Lying and Stealing
Sign Up for Our Newsletter. First, let me say that your book Positive Discipline has been immensely helpful. I read it when my son was five he's ten now and I buy a copy for all the new parents I know along with the "Read-Aloud Handbook" by Jim Trelease. So thank for writing the book! My son gets up before me in the morning and gets himself ready for school. We've been having a problem with him taking things that don't belong to him.
Lying and stealing are common, but inappropriate, behaviors in school-aged children. While some severe forms of these behaviors can indicate a more serious psychological problem, most of the time it is simply a common behavior that will be outgrown. Lying and stealing are more common in boys than girls, and happen most often in children ages 5 to 8 years. When confronted with a child who is lying, it is important to first remember the child's age and developmental stage. Children under the age of 3 don't lie on purpose.
Stealing is taking something that doesn't belong to you. If people didn't steal from others, then what a different place the world would be. Prices in shops would be cheaper, the price that mum and dad have to pay to insure their cars and houses would be a lot less, and we would not need to be locked into our houses at night, or feel worried that someone might take something that is precious to us. It doesn't matter whether it is a big or a small thing that is stolen — kids and adults are upset when it happens. What if you have been very careful about naming and looking after all your pencils, pens, rulers, etc. How would you feel? What if you had just saved up enough for a new bike and someone stole it?
Penelope Leach, Ph. If you are truly thinking about "discipline" as a matter of showing your child how to behave, you will find that most "behavior problems" are problems of maturity rather than morality and that most of the problematic issues of discipline can be easily resolved. Some degree of attention-seeking behavior, for example, is a normal way for a very young child to respond to rationed attention from busy adults. If the ration of pleasant attention can be increased, he won't have to clamor to make you scold him. Small children live in a world that's difficult for them to manage and in which they often stand accused of doing damage of one kind or another.
When a child or teenager steals, parents are naturally concerned. They worry about what caused their child to steal, and they wonder whether their son or daughter is a "juvenile delinquent. It is normal for a very young child to take something which excites his or her interest. This should not be regarded as stealing until the youngster is old enough, usually three to five years old, to understand that taking something which belongs to another person is wrong. Parents should actively teach their children about property rights and the consideration of others.
Have you ever played cops and robbers? It's fun pretending to be a cop chasing and capturing a robber. It can be even more fun to be the robber because you take things and try to get away with them before your buddy, the cop, catches you. You're not really stealing, of course. It's just make-believe. Or maybe you're playing baseball, trying to steal a base and not get tagged out. When playing basketball, you can steal the ball from a player on the other team.