The kids knew if I found out there was hell to pay and you pay double if you get caught lying about it. So it never failed they would come to me and rat themselves out and I would be tolerant and understanding because they did the right thing and that;s all I ever asked - do what's right.
Safer than messing with a motorcycle in Texas!In your case how stupid do you have to be to mess with a truck in Texas?
At our house the seat warmer's start at the age of the child (i/e if you're 6 you're getting 6, if you're 8 then it's 8). Lying, messing with another's property only adds more. The sad thing is that my oldest, who's just like me , is so stubborn he'll keep taking the swats for awhile til he gives in. Gotta love the parent's curse "I hope someday you have kids just like you". It came true...my wife and I sometimes jokingly wonder why we bred since we were both hellions growing up. My poor parents...I can't believe they didn't kill me years ago. I guess they figured it was a better "punishment to let me have kids"Lies are an automatic 6 in my house. Screwing with other people's property is a sure seat warmer too.