Tell her that it is the wrong thing to do. Tell her if she needs money you will help her find a way to earn it, and work with her to find some tasks around the house that aren't busy work. In a family we all share the work and the income, so she can have some income as long as she does her share of the work. Don't say that you had better never find that she has done this again, because that says to a child- do it so that Mom doesn't find out. Tell her that she won't feel good about herself if she steals, and that she will feel good about herself if she earns the money. And flatly tell her she is not to do this again. If you want to include a punishment, then stick to it. I'd say no TV for a week. Don't stretch out the punishment period for too long or it loses effectiveness.
at 5:49 PM on Dec. 11, 2010