Lisa
I have found out that my son has been stealing from not just a £1 here and there but £100's of pounds.
I have a tin with emergency money in and money that he has been given for Christmas and birthdays that I have put away for him, I caught him with his hand in the tin and when I checked it properly realised that that there is at least £230 of my money missing.
I don't know how to deal with this, I feel there could be an underlying issues with bullying, which he has had at school.
He said he has spent it on crap! I think there is pressure from others as some of his friends tend to have money in their pockets and my son doesn't trying to be part of the crowd!
He is secretive and doesn't want me in his bedroom has be bought things he doesn't want me to see with this money?

I am a single parent and don't have anyone to fall back on with this and not sure where to go with it
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Hi, I understand that this is a difficult and troubling situation. Communication is key in any situation like this, confront your son and ask him why, don't take 'I don't know' as an adequate answer. Say that you understand that perhaps he is under a lot of stress with school and peer pressure, but this is serious and he's broken your trust. You may find it helpful to read our articles on teenage behaviour. If you feel you need further support please e-mail us at askus@familylives.org.uk or call our freephone helpline on 0808 800 2222.
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