This adult kid will be messing with his gullible father forever. I'm sure you didnt call the cops on this thief because Dad begged you not to (for stealing from you) but Dad did nothing. That is in my opinion disrespectful to you. According to psychologist Dennis Pezzato in his book, "Adult Children Don't Come with Instructions," parents of adult children should demonstrate and ask for reciprocal respect. If your children are rude or obnoxious in addition to being inconsiderate, put your foot down and let them know that you won't tolerate their behavior.
We have surely played a part—perhaps unwittingly—in raising disrespectful, irresponsible, ungrateful, selfish, self-centered, egotistical, and debilitatingly lazy adult children. We have played some part in raising excuse-ridden sluggards—“The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Disrespect from a rude adult child is difficult to address, since your child is old enough to be responsible for her own actions. Since discipline isn't an option for adult children, it's time to have a frank discussion about your changing relationship and how your child's rudeness affects you.
Even parents who’ve “done everything right” have disrespectful adult children. You love your kids, even when they’re behaving like overgrown toddlers. But that doesn’t mean you have to live with them or protect them from the real world. Communicating with a disrespectful adult child can leave you feeling guilty, hurt, and angry. Lots of factors can cause or worsen disrespectful conduct: mental health conditions, your .