Rule 6 of 9
Hold your child accountable for damaged goods
If kids help pay for lost library books and cell phones, windows broken by their cricket ball, or tools they’ve left out to rust from their own savings, they learn a valuable lesson about valuing what they have, rather than assuming someone else will simply “buy another.” Of course, you stay clear about priorities – your child is always more important than that thing he broke. And you never have to be mean about it. You just expect your child to help make things right.
Dr Laura Markham