HELP! 8-yr-old stealing habits
Hi! My 8-year-old adopted son (adopted a year ago) have recently been stealing: money from home, random small things from grocery stores, small items from his classmates. I have no idea how long this has been going on and only started randomly finding out and catching. We tried talking, explaining that it's illegal, punishing.. nothing is working. It is certainly not kleptomania either because he realizes his actions. He recently screamed that he doesn't have anything and other kids do, but he's understanding of "everything" is eating burgers and hot dogs every day, watching cartoons, and an iPhone. We live in a nice house, he attends swimming and Taekwondo classes three times a week, has scooters, hover boards, a bike, electric racing cars.. the only thing I said No to is having a phone and watching a TV more than once a week. I don't want my kid to get used media at the age of 8, so he has a smartwatch so we can call each other. Is this a manipulation over a phone or is it something more? If its over a phone then we certainly don't want to get it now so he doesn't think an illegal action can get him reward. We first found out almost two months ago and have tried to deal with this problem since then... He recently stole a toy from his classmate and his mother threatened with police next time, but we still keep catching him.. Perhaps, you could give some advice because I'm slightly desperate.