My kids have good hearts and intentions, but sometimes they make huge mistakes without realizing at first the risks they were taking.
A lot of children play outdoor games in the living room and manage to break prized collectables and decorations, but this is amateur hour for my children.
I have had to fix everything from broken windows, holes in walls, flooded bathrooms, and massive stains on carpets just to name a few. Most of the time they’re just being careless and not making sure they’re careful inside the house. I don’t actually think their behavior is ever malicious or intentional, but they still get minimal discipline so they understand that they can do it again in the future. Recently my kids have been messing with the HVAC thermostat despite me telling them it is off limits. It’s summer and I understand that they might be hot if it’s 77 degrees in the house, but they’re not the ones paying the electric bill or the heating and cooling system maintenance contract. And if they drop the temperature down farther than five or six degrees, it will force the machine to run non-stop for an hour or two just to reach the new temperature. This is what happened last week on Friday afternoon right after my HVAC supplier closed for the weekend. They were fiddling with the thermostat so much that the air conditioner froze over. I tried waiting and letting it thaw, but I still couldn’t get cold air out of the vents. I had to pay for an emergency after-hours service to fix the broken air conditioner because my kids weren’t following my rules.