In our house, Daddy can fix almost anything. It is a huge blessing to our family. The boys learned early on that if they accidentally broke a toy, "Daddy can fix it." And it is true. He is an expert at fixing toys with super glue, clamps or whatever needed for the job. He is patient and methodical. He's even been known to get out his soldering iron to reattach wires on remote control cars. The boys are always breaking little things and at their request, he is graciously following right behind fixing whatever is broken.
Here's where it gets tricky...
The boys have gotten so confident in their Daddy's fixing skills that it seems as though they are less careful with their toys and belongings. Now that they are bigger and stronger, they aren't just breaking little toys either.
Items broken recently: (and I will not mention names... but each boy did their fare share of breaking)
* lamp shade in family room
* lamp shade in guest bedroom
* lamp shade in master bedroom (are you sensing a trend?)
* hole in wall made by the thrusting of a vacuum attachment
* towel rod ripped from wall in half bathroom
* curtain rod ripped out of wall
Maybe we should have just thrown away the broken toys as a lesson when they were little?
Don't worry... the boys have been charged a $ fee in order to replace many of the above items. This seems to be painful because they are saving for some special lego sets. Now let's hope they'll remember that pain when they are tempted to give in to their acrobatic impulses.
One other note... it only takes seconds for one of these incidences to occur. oh my! And often I am standing right there in the room when it happens and I can't react fast enough. Does this happen to anyone else??