When my eldest son was about 5 he was in the top bunk. We were part way through decorating his bedroom and there was no paper or paint on his ceiling, which sloped gently above his head.

I went up to check on him before the lights went out for the night.

He had drawn all over the ceiling. A HUGE smiley face.

I asked why he had done it. Which was pretty restrained really.

He told me this:

I wanted to draw (a smiley face) and I hadn’t got any paper.


I checked. He was right. He didn’t have any paper.  He and his brother ALWAYS had paper after that!!

Please , if  your child does something unexpected or out of the ordinary – ask them first,   Why did you do that?