what kind of punishment do you give a 7yr old girl for vandalizing a car... she intentionally took a stick and drew x and o on the driver side and it scratched the paint badly. how do you punish this child after explaining to her that it is bad and that she will have to work off the debt in chores since we have to pay the deductable for the vehicle to get fixed.... there has to be more of a punishment to dish to she don't do it again.... any ideas

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.. she intentionally took a stick and drew x and o on the driver side and it scratched the paint badly. how do you punish this child after explaining to her that it is bad and that she will have to work off the debt in chores since we have to pay the deductable for the vehicle to get fixed.... there has to be more of a punishment to dish to she don't do it again.... any ideas

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Jodi - posted on 06/18/2012

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I agree with Jennifer. That's exactly what I would do. She is old enough to understand the concept of how expensive something like that is, and how much work it is going to take for her to pay it back.

Jennifer - posted on 06/18/2012

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I don't think there has to be more punishment other than to work off her debt. Make a list of things she is to do and make each thing a certain amount, and keep track of how much she has payed back. Also send her to relatives/friends houses and have her help them with things. The point is to teach her that she damaged property, and it costs money to repair. Just make sure to show her your records on how much she has payed off with each thing, that way she sees how hard she has to work to earn the money.

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