But sometimes, windfall does happen. Just last week a very good family friend of ours offered to sell us his 1 year old TwinHead PC note book of which he bought for RM3.200 for only RM700.
I was reluctant to buy it in the first place, but thanks to my wife she decided that it was a good deal indeed, so we gladly bought it for Jovial.
Something bad happened along the way, Jovial screwed up the notebook of which he accidentally deleted certain programmes in the note book and depriving us the access of the C and D drive, and my wife was furious about it.
As for me, i had a good talk with Jovial about this issue (screwing up the note book), i did not even scold him about it, in fact i assured him that it was ok for him to explore the notebook, he can fiddle with it, experiment with it. I told him if he faces problems with the notebook or accidentally deleting some files in it, he must be totally responsible to restore it, and if he cannot fix it, then he must on his own effort seek help from someone who can instead of keeping mum about it. The great news is he agreed to my reasoning.
I really have no qualm about my sons making mistakes, in fact i encourage them to, so that that they can squeeze their minds in finding ways to rectify the faults, in that way i believe they will learn more, and be more courageous in handling mistakes and failures.
Thomas Edison had to make countless times of mistakes before he could come out with world's greatest idea, jokingly i've always said to Jovial just one day he can be as famous as Bill Gates,just one day i told him.
My sincere advice to my two wonderful sons is always as such, they can make mistakes but they just cannot make the same mistake twice over.
P/S : To Jovial, dont worry about making mistakes, the more mistakes you make, the closer you are to the solutions.