Protecting the Poor Wontons

Oh wait, that’s wanton.

How do you convince very young kids not to engage in wanton destruction just for the joy of it?  I mean, besides beating the crap out of them repeatedly until you break their will and completely derail the curious, overactive brains that cause the behavior as a result of boredom or experimentation or whatnot, and crush the strong egos that make them shrug off more subtle parental direction.

Is it really too much to ask that if we ever move, we not lose the whole security deposit?  Is it really too much to ask that they not break all the furniture, ruin all the books,* trash all the videos, and so forth?

* Oddly, it’s not every book.  It’s specific books with no apparent commonality.  If you put their slected books away, they find them again, even if the spines aren’t visible or they’re substantially relocated.  Those selected books are required to live on the floor and take periodic abuse.  It’s inexplicable.

Posted by on 06/20 at 11:59 AM

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