My 4 year old chewed his blinds in his bedroom. When asked about it he said he didn't know what happened. I finally got him to tell me that he actually bit his blinds! When I say bit, I mean chewed them in multiple places even breaking one!
He said that during 'quiet time' he was pretending to be a dog and the dog wanted to look out the window!
It is pretty funny and everytime I picture him chewing his blinds like a dog I have to laugh because I can only imagine what it looked like!
As funny as it was, we are the parents and had to let him know this behavior is not okay. I was at a loss as to what to do.
He is 4 years old and in my mind he should know better, but he is only 4 years old and can't learn if he doesn't make mistakes.
We have been trying to teach him the value of his toys and our home and things that he enjoys every day so that he can understand that not everybody has these things and we need to treat our stuff well and not destroy them.
I would love to take credit for this plan of action, but my husband is the one who actually came up with it. We decided to look up the price of the blinds in his room and have him do chores for the week to make money to buy new blinds for his room. Each chore has a different value attached to it. The harder the chore, the more he makes and the easier the chore, the less he makes. We wrote it all on a magnetic dry erase board that is on the fridge for him to see. As chores get done, it is crossed off of the list.
He is about halfway through his chore list and has been working hard to get the items crossed off. He doesn't like doing some of the things on it and has wanted to quit halfway through a job, but I have encouraged him and explained the importance of finishing a job that he started.
How do you teach your kids that they are accountable for their actions and to respect their things?