Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands that they may have something to share with those in need.

(Ephesians 4:28)

It’s time for another listener question. “I’m almost sure my 12 year old daughter stole money from my purse.  What should I do?”

  • Begin by telling your daughter you’re missing some money.  Take that approach. Assume that if she did take it, she intended it as a loan to be repaid.
  • If she says she “borrowed” the money, let her know she needs to ask you in the future.  Simply taking the money from your purse causes problems. That’s easy to explain – if you think you have a certain amount and you don’t, you could come up short trying to pay for something.
  • If she says she didn’t take it, you’ll have to accept that as the truth.  You indicated you weren’t 100% sure she took money from your purse, so you’ll need to give her the benefit of the doubt.
  • Be alert to the possibility that she isn’t telling the truth. If that’s the case, she will probably repeat the offense.  Until further notice, trust your daughter and her word.

How have you handled the situation when you suspected your child had stolen something?

Missing money