So it seems a lot of you have difficult child's that don't learn from their mistakes with any kind of consequence, natural or otherwise. So what punishment does work? If you can't find anything that works what do you do? I mean, do you just keep doing the same thing over and over again hoping that one day it will sink in? It's not like you can just sit back and let them get away with it. We are plum out of ideas for our difficult child. With the last item he stole husband became infuriated, slapped our son (highly out of the ordinary!) and tripled the amount he had to pay back. We initially told him he had to earn money to pay for all the things he's stolen. That just seems like a given under the circumstance but beyond grounding him from everything I dont know what else to do. I'm just as frustrated as husband is, but I don't see how tripling the amount of money difficult child has to pay is going to do. Am I being naive? Help! Ideas please!