Few things in life tick me off more than when one of our kids willingly damages our house (although getting turned over to collections for a bill that’s not actually late ranks right up there). This isn’t common occurrence, mind you, but it does happen. For example, I returned home the other day to this:
Apparently, Son #3 got in trouble and my wife sent him to his room for a timeout. He then decided that it would be a good idea to grab a pencil from his desk and take out his frustration on the wall. Bad move.
We, of course, read him the riot act. I also told him that he’ll have to help clean it up. Moreover, if we incur any costs during the process (like having to buy paint or a paintbrush) he’ll be paying for it out of his allowance. But for the time being, we’ve left the marks on the wall. Hopefully they’ll serve as a reminder to him not to lash out.