I didnt answer your last question so I know nothing about this situation. You should ask again with more detail given.
Childs age? Stealing from who? Stealing what? How many times?
Any time a child is stealing there must be punishment. Along with that punishment I would make the child return the stolen item as close to the condition it was in before as possible and apologize. If he refuses to, the punishment should not end until he has done it with you there.
Of course explain you are disapointed and how it hurts businesses and people to steal. Let him know what happens to adults who steal. If you have any religious or spiritual beliefs on the matter take this oppurtunity to share them with him.
at 3:06 PM on Aug. 20, 2010