Reply to HELP! 8-yr-old stealing habits

I believe Every behavior (adults and children)is trying to meet a need, so find out what he really needs. From what you’re saying it sounds like his underlying need may be for acceptance with peers. Validate that feeling and let Him know you understand (even if you don’t agree with his perspective). Even though it sounds like you guys are giving him a great life, kids at school can be mean and if he’s wearing the wrong sneakers or doesn’t have the right phone maybe he’s getting made fun of? If he feels like you understand his perspective he might be willing to share more with you as well and you guys can work together to figure out a solution. Definitely set clear boundaries though about what is acceptable and what is not obviously stealing is not OK