By MisterGasMoney - 13/04/2014 17:08 - United States - Poughkeepsie
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Bad parenting at its finest. Be glad that you were raised better than those kids.
It is irrelevant if the children will inevitably screw something up. It's still the responsibility of the parent to take responsibility for their kid, and that means paying for any mistake they make. This is a perfect opporunity to parent as well. Without consequences, the children will believe they can get away with anything.
I have 4 siblings and we all turned out fine with little to no beatings. I previously read a comment saying to pepper spray kids which seems too extreme. Kids are always going to test limits. My mom is a very laid back mom, so obviously I have different views on parenting. That does not mean my kids will turn out to be little hellions. You can teach manners with or without enforcement, but they're still going to occasionally act out and cause a little trouble.
#21's question is completely relevant. If they were in OP's care and under their supervision then the kids mother/father isn't obligated to pay because OP should have been watching them more closely. However, if the mother/father were there visiting and let the boys wonder off then they would be held accountable.
My laundry room has been paid for, not by their mom, but by her husband, who I've known since middle school. I guess one of the kids told him about it, and I got a text apologizing and saying he would cover it! Problem Solved!