Parents Universal Resource Experts (Sue Scheff) Why Kids and Teens Steal

By KidsHealth

Kids of all ages – from preschoolers to teens – can be tempted to steal for different reasons:

Very young children sometimes take things they want without understanding that things cost money and that it’s wrong to take something without paying for it.

Elementary school children usually know they’re not supposed to take something without paying, but they may take it anyway because they lack enough self-control.

Preteens and teens know they’re not supposed to steal, but they may steal for the thrill of it or because their friends are doing it. Some might believe they can get away with it. As they’re given more control over their lives, some teens may steal as a way of rebelling.

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