frustrated...

Tara - posted on 11/05/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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While cleaning my vehicle I found small cuts in the back head rest. They are very small I only notice them now because I know of them. My 8yr old son was given a small pocket knife from his Grandpa. When asked, he said he did on his way home to see if the knife was sharp.

Now I'm frustrated. I have already taken the pocket knife away. But it seems like that is not enough. Should there be more to the consequence?

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Angela - posted on 11/07/2013

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First of all, and I don't want to sound harsh about it, but I don't think an 8 year old should have a pocketknife unsupervised. Supervised sure! My 6 year old is learning gun safety and has shot a .22, as long as we are teaching them the importance of safety..... but that's besides the point. I would make him work it off. Increase his chores so that he sees we have to work for things, and when we break things, it costs money and time to fix them. Maybe he'll think twice about messing something up. Also, I know this sounds strange but it worked for my son! Make him apologize to it. We mad my son apologize to a table he took scissors to for about 10 minutes straight. He now asks before he uses
Scissors to cut anything, and tells me when he's done and putting them up. Every method works different for different kids, but these seemed to work with mine. Good luck and sorry about your seat!!

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