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Is it common for children with adhd to lie and steal?

Is it common for children with adhd to lie and steal?  What suggestions do you have for these issues? He is only 8 years old. He is on medication when he is at school at his moms house and then he is not when he comes to our house. Even on the medication he steals and lies. We have tried grounding him on several occasions each time taking  things away and for longer periods of time. We tried taking him down to the police station so that a police officer would talk to him. We tried work around the house along with grounding. We have tried sentences. Then finally embaressment checking his pockets whenever we leave anywhere so that he can see how embaressing it is..   Even after all of these things he still continues to make bad decisions... we talk to him all the time about how things are going in school and how he needs to pick his friends wisely so that the people that he is hanging around him can be good influences on his decision making rather than bad influences....  please help!
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189897 tn?1441126518
   Oh, geeze - the things you are doing are exactly right if he were about 10 or if he did not have ADHD.  Unfortunately, almost all of those very standard and usually workable measures won't be effective.  You really need a lot more information about ADHD.  I super highly recommend that you buy the book, "The ADD/ ADHD Answer book," by Susan Ashley.   Mainly because it saves me from typing about 20 pages of what to do.  And then the same for a lot of years later.
   In a nutshell, kids with ADHD lie because they have been doing things wrong for so long that they know stuff is gonna happen to them.  Is sad to think that at this young an age they have figured this out - but its survival.  They do things wrong because they have no filters.  Meds do help.  But they don't erase years of behavior.  He will continue to make bad decisions unless someone is working with him to help him make good decisions.  Every study I have seen says that behavior therpy should go hand in hand with meds.  If all he is getting is meds - then what you are seeing is to be expected.
   Unfortunately, talking to an 8 year old about making decisions hours or days later isn't really effective.  You need to roll play those situations and do it time after time.
   By the way, grounding him - at his age- is not effective.  The punishment needs to be immediate, and then you move on.  Kids with ADHD need structure, immediate reinforcement (both positive and negative), and consistency. Ashley has all of this in her book.  It will reallllllly help.  Please post if you have any more specific (or general) questions.  Best wishes.
757137 tn?1347196453
The interesting question is whether he would lie and steal if he did not have this ailment. Although this could be an innate character flaw, I should think it is problematical for your son to be shunted from one home to another. Two different environments, two sets of rules, two ways of dealing with him....

This is a problem that requires you and your ex-wife to work cooperatively to solve, preferably with the aid of a therapist.
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My son is 9 and has adhd. He lies a lot and just this year started stealing things.he knows that it is wrong but he don't care. No punishment has ever worked for him.He has had it for about 5 years now. He is on meds for it along for all his learning and hearing problems. He is a kind and loving kid. So do not feel that u are alone in thinking it is just your kid.
189897 tn?1441126518
    Chances are he does care, but its really hard to show it after being disciplined countless times.   You said he just this year started stealing.  Any chance his meds need to be increased?  Does the stealing tend to happen later in the day when the meds might be losing their effectiveness?
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Sometimes kids with ADHD feel insecure and feel as if they have no control over their lives, so they steal to feel in control. You must also remember that they are impulsive as well and don't always think about what they are doing. When they do something wrong and get caught, they are scared and will lie, hoping nothing bad will happen. I know this because I have ADHD and have gone through the same thing.
Since you experienced it personally, what helped you stop?
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Sorry to say that it is not common.Children only know what they see and hear. Teach your child that no one likes a thief and they do not owe anyone a lie. Let your child know that truth and trust are all they have in this world to build relationships with good people, and if they lie and steal most good people will not trust them or they will not want to be bothered with them.  
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I have ADHD and normally people who have it don't think about the consequences of their actions I used to steal candy and lie about things I know I did because I never thought I would get caught and lying made it so I never got caught and my cousin had ADHD as well and he does the same thing
I think kids with adhd are like all kids. They don't want to get in trouble or deal with consequences, so they lie. The difference is the impulse control that they lack so that they end up in more situations they could get in trouble for.  Thanks for sharing your experience.  I think you are quite wise!
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