Me: (placing high quality pedestal fan in boys bedroom. FYI boys are due to turn 7 on Saturday) this is an excellent fan. It's not a cheap one like you're used to having. Don't muck around with it, or you will go back to having cheap ones that are terrible.
I'm serious. This fan is expensive but excellent. I'm trusting you not to be silly with this fan. Do you understand?
Both boys: yes.
**5 minutes later I go to the toilet and I can hear someone playing with the fan. I hear ds2 tell ds1 to stop. I walk in there to warn them again.**
Me: ds1, I know you were being silly with that fan.
Me: don't deny it. Mothers know these things. I will take that fan away from you if you can't follow basic rules.
**cut to two minutes later and I can hear a crack in the bedroom. Ds2 comes to the lounge in a flap saying ds1 has broken it. I go into their room and ds1 is hiding under his doona, sobbing. I look at the fan and see a blade has been snapped off. There is a faint burning smell also. Ds2 shows me the stick ds1 has used to jam into the spinning fan, which is what broke the blade.
I ask ds1 to come out and explain his side of the story- ie give me the answer to "why?!"
All he can do is sob and tell me he is a bad boy.
Both boys are given a hasty and I will admit ranty sermon on doing what they are told. They are put to bed with no exceptions. (They like to have time to read and this was taken off them)**
I'm still upset. In the scheme of things, it is only a $40 pedestal fan. But it's the deliberately doing things that he was told not to do that has upset me.
So- is there anything else you would do to discipline my ds1? He needs to learn that if I ask him not to do something, I expect that he will not do it. I'm kind of seething.