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to Do When Your Children Break Things
by Nikki Willhite
It's dinner time. The food is hot and on the table, and you are
just waiting for your 10-year old to bring over the milk from the refrigerator.
He opens the refrigerator door, takes out the milk, and then
before he can even close the door, he drops the milk and it spills all over the
He looks at you. His reactions are mixed. At first he may be surprised, then
frightened of how you may react, and then, in self defense, a little
You are hungry. Your family is waiting for dinner, and now, in addition to your
frustration over wasted money, you have a mess to clean up. How do you react?
Do you start yelling at your child- telling them how careless they are, and how
they have wasted money?
Do you threaten to take the cost of the milk out of their allowance- no matter
how long it takes?... more