PARENTS: Discuss Shoplifting With Your Children

Drugs, Alcohol, Date Rape, Cyber Sex. . .in addition to all the dangerous and life-threatening issues parents need to be aware of today and discuss with their kids, it may be hard to think about taking the time to talk to your kids about shoplifting. After all, you have raised them well and they know stealing is wrong. But juvenile shoplifting is not about knowing right from wrong. It’s about acceptance, self-worth, thrill seeking and the pressures they face from family, school and peers. Even when they know shoplifting is wrong, when their lives become stressful temptation becomes greater. At that point they often let themselves believe that shoplifting isn’t hurting anyone, that stores can afford the losses and it will be just this one time.

To avoid the future hardships for your child, yourself and your family, it is imperative that you take the time to discuss shoplifting with your children. Let them know stealing is a crime and you value honesty and integrity. They will listen.

If you think your child may have a problem with shoplifting or has been recently caught, we encourage you to enroll your child in a program which will help him/her get back on track. Learn More

For further information or to request a Parent Education brochure about helping to prevent kids from shoplifting, visit the Honest To Goodness Project.


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