So last Friday evening I was happily working away on my computer while the kiddos played. They were a bit rowdy, so I told them to take that kind of playing outside (same thing I have said for the past 5 years!) They decided they did not want to go outside and continued to play a bit calmer. Five minutes later a toy flies through the air and hits my glass that is sitting next to my computer, tips it over and it spills all over my laptop. Three days later I find out that the motherboard is fried and it is going to cost me $600 or more to get it replaced. I suggested that the kids needed to help me pay for this, as it was their rough play that lead to the disaster - but my husband disagrees and thinks they should not have to help at all because they were just playing and it was my fault for having liquid near my computer. When I was a kid I had to pay for broken windows, dents in cars, etc. that were caused by my playing near an expensive object that broke. So I am confused by his reasoning. Am I being unreasonable to suggest they pay for at least half? Am I too close and "upset" because it was something I cherished that broke? I am asking sincerely because I don't want to be THAT parent, but I also want my kids to learn responsibility. I should also mention - the computer is my main way of working so for this week that it is in the shop I get NO work done either. What are your thoughts?