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I have a 5 yr old who seems to get into EVERYTHING! I have put a lock on the utility closet and put my make-up in there. She got into it a few months back, and ruined all of it, and the carpet, and the walls, her white church dress, (which I have no idea how she go that) and yes I was VERY upset. All total, $150. Then she gets into my artificial nail kit, nail polish everywhere. It was locked, but she dropped it, and it broke. then tonight, she got into my makeup AGAIN and the nail kit! The closet was locked. It was one of those locks where you just slide the bolt over. Little miss problem solver got a chair from her room, stood on it and unlocked it. I was in elbow deep in raw chicken, and I lost track of how long she has been quiet, and then I suddenly smell nail polish. She once again completely ruined everything. Apparently waterproof makeup isn't waterproof in the bathroom sink. And nail polish looks very weird under water.
I have nothing left, absolutely nothing left. And the few of you I know will say I should have watched her more closely, well please refrain from that. I know many of you think makeup is no big deal or painting your nails, but to me, it helps me feel better about myself. I use to pick my skin all the time when I was younger due to a lot of stress and many other reasons. Many of the reasons why some other people cut themselves. My face was my 'pick' of choice. I couldn't stand the feel of bumps on my face. Then when the wound I made healed, it would scab over, then I pick at that. Needless to say, I do not go out in public without even a little makeup.
I learned how to apply makeup good enough to where my scars were hardly noticeable. So the makeup I do use, is expensive. But it does last me a very long time since I learned how to apply it better.
My question is what can I do? Wat punishment is appropriate for a 5 yr old? I sent her to bed, immediately after dinner because I was so upset at her. And I will deal it in the morning. Is that to 'adult'? What upsets me even more is the fact I cannot afford to replace any of that right now. None of it. I am having a hard time making sure I keep the lights on and food on the table.
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