My 2 year old, almost 3 year old broke my 55" 4k smart tv tonight by repeatedly hitting it with some pool toy. My wife and I were busy cleaning things in the kitchen as the 17 y.o. and 10 y.o. just yelled at him to stop hitting the tv. Question is, whose fault is it?
Parents for buying the tv last year?
Small child for beating the tv?
2 other children who witness said abuse and did nothing but issue verbal directives that failed?
A toddler doesn't have a whole lot of reasoning, cause/effect skills yet. But should be able to listen to instructions. But instructions from siblings are usually not seen as "important".
The older kids however, are a different story. I'm guessing that the 17 y.o. is well into the "I am my own person, I don't need my parent's input" stage of life. If they want to be allowed freedoms, they need to show themselves as responsible. Prime opportunity to do so was just presented....