My wife told off our two youngest children for flushing Play-Doh down the toilet.
They were sent to bed.
The youngest – and most mischievous – liberated herself after a few minutes and walked down the stairs and onto the patio where Mum was painting the wood doors under the barbeque. There, the four-year-old proceeded to jump and land with her arms spread wide and a broad smile and said gleefully, “Surprise!”
I must say that I think she has learned the art of easing her way out of punishment. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that her schoolteachers and principals see how adorable she is and not just how mischievous.