Posted by Rowena on September 10, 2003 at 03:23:45:
In Reply to: Not sure how to handle this one... posted by Kelli on September 10, 2003 at 01:17:53:
At 4 years old, I don't believe your child could have possibly understood the consequences of her actions. Although, it is tragic that it will cost you a lot of money to repair the damage done, personally I wouldn't feel anything other than an explanation about the seriousness of her actions would be of any benefit. Even with an explanantion she still too young to fully understand what the loss money will mean to you. To a child money is ever abundant and something you simply take from your purse or go to the bank for. You are right, your neighbour should have been supervising the children more closely, but as you acknowedged, you are also partially resonsible, as the incident could not have occurred had it not been for the paint that was left on your deck (please don't view this as criticism because similar things happen to us all no matter how careful we are).