10 Things Kids Might Misuse to Break a Window
Accidents happen all the time, especially around the home. Sometimes kids are doing things they shouldn’t be doing, and this will result in some kind of breakage or damage to property. Kids can get very creative in their adventures, so don’t be surprised when you find out that your child has broken a window unexpectedly. There are also times when kids may just decide to be destructive and break windows deliberately. Some of the things that might result in broken panes when kids misuse them are listed below.
- Balls – Probably more windows are accidentally broken by balls than anything else. When kids are playing ball outside, you may not like it, but you most likely won’t be surprised if a window gets broken. On the other hand, kids are seldom allowed to play with certain balls indoors. Using an outdoor ball indoors can also result in broken windows.
- Bricks – Normally, we don’t think of kids going out of their way to break windows where people are living, yet there are neighborhood bullies that go around terrorizing people by throwing bricks at their windows. Unfortunately this often occurs when no one is around to catch the kid in the act.
- Rocks – Kids love throwing rocks and sometimes a neighbor’s window just happens to be on the path of trajectory. Other times the windows of an abandoned building may fall victim to kids and their rock throwing.
- Snowballs – Snowballs can be a lot of fun and are generally fairly harmless until one gets too icy and hard and gets thrown at a window. Fortunately many windows are stronger these days than the windows of years gone past.
- Chairs – Sometimes you really wonder about what goes through a kids mind, or if they even have one. Chairs on casters are not meant to be rides for kids, yet if there is a smooth surface and a chair on wheels it makes for a lot of fun. That is, until the chair goes crashing through the patio window.
- Water balloons – Water balloons can be lots of fun in the summertime and they are great for outdoor games, but when they are thrown at windows, trouble may ensue. Kids don’t really understand how hard a water balloon can be when it is launched at full force.
- Play time – Kids will often misuse their play time and turn it into a wrestling match or other rough housing. Sometimes these sessions end up with someone going through the window.
- Shoes – Everyone knows that shoes are for wearing on your feet. However, occasionally they become airborne missiles, launched either by fun or fury, and wind up shattering a window.
- Toys – All toys have a particular way they are meant to be played with and some are for indoor use and some are for outdoor use. Now, if only the kids understood that and would stop throwing things around!
- Frisbees – Definitely an outdoor sport, occasionally there will be that one child that, for whatever reason, decides to see if Frisbees work as well indoors as they do outdoors. Hopefully no windows are in the path, but sometimes parents are not that lucky.
Usually when a kid breaks a window, it is accidental. Most of these breakages could be prevented by following the house rules, paying attention to the task at hand, getting a grip on a bad temper, or just using one’s head. But kids will be kids. Regardless of the situation, and especially in the case of vandalism, parents need to address the behaviors that led up to the problem and deal with them accordingly.
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