One of my daughters called me up to her room during quiet time to tell me something was broken. Uh oh! I went up there to find the CD player I had loaned her with two buttons irreparably mashed in and the speaker dented. She didn’t do it on purpose, she said, but looking at it, my eyes told me otherwise. I might have understood if she had accidentally dropped it from a window!
Then came the inevitable decision of how we should handle it. I talked to my husband and showed him the CD player. Finally, we decided that she should have to pay for at least half of it. So I took her piggy bank into her room and opened it on her carpet. She watched me count the coins to equal half of the amount of the CD player. I put the money in a ziplock baggie. She was heartbroken! Then I told her that she could earn her money back at $1 a day, by doing up to four extra jobs for me.
Were we too hard on her? Too easy? How have you handled a similar situation?
This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday.