My 9 year old bought black ink for a quill pen a few months ago. He was warned extensively about how careful he needed to be not to spill it, how badly it would stain, etc. It was kept downstairs in the hutch. He decided to take it upstairs for some unknown reason, and has now spilled it in a big way all over his carpeting and splattered it across his wall and dresser. The house is a rental.
I told him that he is responsible for cleanup and any cost that might involve. He has $30 he has been saving for a video game, but I'm thinking of telling him he needs to spend it on a Rug Doctor rental. Is that unfair? I am SO angry that I can't talk to him right now. Half of me wants to tell him to forget Trick or Treating tomorrow.
He bought rubbing alcohol (with his allowance). This is after 3 hours of scrubbing. *sigh*
He is going to try WD-40 later, but I don't think it's going to work well enough. I guess we will take it from there if it doesn't. Maybe he can work off the cost of new carpet by doing more chores for a very long time.
I'll let him ToT, but he used pumpkin-carving time cleaning up, so he missed out on that. I asked him what else would be a fair punishment and he said 3 days of no electronics as well, so we're doing that, too.