"Mommy, I have a question. Can we decorate our jars?"
Great question! Easy peasy. Consider it done!
But then we had to think quick on our feet. Pure guerilla style - so organic in nature - we just couldn't believe we didn't see it coming.
"Mommy, what happens to the toys in the fine jar". Our eyes locked. Uh-oh! ..and then like I'd been sprinkled with pixie dust, and without skipping a beat, my mouth opened up, and said "Of course, you can earn your toys back through the teamwork chart" which was received with "hoorays!" and "woohoos!".
WHAT!? It wasn't exactly how I'd explained their options initially, but I could buy some time and sell it again, new and improved, right? Did I just manage to save myself from a major fall out? I knew what I had just dodged, I could have fueled the worse case of tantrums as they pleaded for their Leapsters back. Most importantly, it would have broken their hearts and ours...and for what? A lesson? Obviously fumbling without a clear gameplan, I hadn't thought this through. But because they offered insight into their priorities, they became part of a solution that worked for everyone.
Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! happy house.
At least today. And that works for me.