Parents: Take Action
Tips for Opening Up a Conversation with Your Child about Shoplifting.
- Stay calm.
- Choose a good time to talk – driving in the car can be a good opportunity. They are a captive audience and not having to look you in the eye makes talking easier for a child who may be feeling ashamed and embarrassed.
- Be sure to tell them how you feel; give them a clear message. "Shoplifting is not okay with me.” Most kids don’t want to disappoint their parents. Parents who send a clear message, setting expectations for their children will help them resist peer and other pressures to shoplift.
- Tell them how you try to live your life with honesty and integrity.
- Tell them how proud you are of them in this regard with other things they do in their life.
- Clarify any shoplifting facts or myths your child does not understand.
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