Today, after DD (4.5) got home from preschool, she disappeared for awhile. I didn't think much of it and since DS and I were eating lunch (DD eats at school) and I wasn't hearing any crashes, I didn't check on her. Well, she eventually comes out of wherever she was and comes over to me. She stands in front of me with her hands behind her back, fluttering her eyelashes and swaying a bit. Then she starts telling me she loves me and giving me hugs. My immediate thought is, what did she do?! LOL Probably because she got that from me--I do it to DH if I've accidnetly broken something of his or lost it or just to be silly and act like something I know isn't a big deal is a huge deal. Then I dismiss myself as being cynical and just enjoy the next hug. Until I see her hand...which has makeup caked inbetween all the fingers and in the creases. I have her show me both hands and sure enough, makeup residue up both arms to her elbows! She was honest with me when I asked and she did not make a huge mess. The only thing that needed to be done was a good scrub of her hands to get the last of the makeup off. She did waste a good amount of makeup, though.
I'm really not sure what's an appropriate punishment for this. There's no real natural consequence since there wasn't a mess to clean up. She doesn't get an allowance so asking for her to pay for what she wasted isn't a real option. I'm not all that upset-I'd be far more upset if she had lied to me about it or tried to hide it from me. I see her coming over and acting the way she did as a lead up to an admission since that's what always happens from the person who's behavior she was modeling (ahem...). I'll give her the benefit of the doubt on that.
BUT-she did know that she's not supposed to play in my makeup nor is she allowed to play in the bathroom (I thought she was in her room, had I realized she was in the bathroom, I would've intervened.) I don't want to send the message that this is ok as long as you are honest.