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Disciplining my 4 year old for stealing from me

i have a 4 year old daughter almost 5. she is, so i am told very smart for her age. i feed her 3 meals a day and snacks in between. she had been stealing food from me when ever i am not around or not paying any attention. i have a 4 month old daughter as well so its kinda hard to keep an eye her 24/7. she will take anything that is left out on the counter or table. including salt and pepper. i've had a thumb roll padlock on my refrigerator for about a year, and she has figured out the 3 digit code about 3-4 times. she cant even read or write yet. she steals anything ranging between tooth paste and toilet paper rolls straight from my trash can to cheese and the baby's formula. i have tried a time out in a corner, taking things away like a favorite toy or her tv, and spanking her on the butt. nothing worked when i was giving her time outs or taking things away. when i proceeded to spank her she would tell me to spank her harder or that when i was done it was daddy's turn to spank her. she does not listen to a word we say and acts as if we are speaking another language or as if we said nothing at all. we try talking to her but the whole time she is staring at us and saying yes ma'am or yes sir every time we finish a sentence. i am so frustrated at some of the things she does and wonder if there is anything i can do to discipline her from here

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Every kids do have a habit of stealing their favourite food. If you are trying to teach manners to her then, keep an eye on her and when she tries to steal the food go behind her and you help her to deliver in hand and say her that don't steal it its a bad habit, if you feel to have inform to mom, i will give you. Hope this may work.

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Every kids do have a habit of stealing their favourite food. If you are trying to teach manners to her then, keep an eye on her and when she tries to steal the food go behind her and you help her to deliver in hand and say her that don't steal it its a bad habit, if you feel to have inform to mom, i will give you. Hope this may work.

Thank You,
Stacey Hudson

Hi, Shanley. I am a contract counselor for a local psychotherapy firm in my area, however my specialty is in helping parents of rebellious teenagers, so I can't offer any help for you. But more important, I believe your situation is beyond the scope of this forum to help you. You need professional help. If you cannot afford to pay for help, you may find a Comprehensive Care counseling unit is available in your city or a city close to you. Comp Care help is generally free (or may be affordabl fee-based upon your ability to pay.) Be aware that this service may fall under a different name in your area. Call your local government officials and ask if Comprehensive Care counseling is available in your area. There is an answer for your situation but it may take some work on your part to find it. I wish you all the best and I will be praying for you.

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