Arguing the Case

One of my children left the lights on in the basement so I asked them which one. Jake said Nick and Nick said Jake. So I asked who was the last one down there.

Then they started to argue their case. It was Jake’s theory that Nick had turned the lights on so he should be the one to turn them off. Nicholas countered that Jake was the last one in the basement so he should turn them off. Jake then said that his friend was the last one down there. Nicholas asserted that the acts of the friend should be attributable to Jake.

This argument from my little lawyers took 15 minutes. They looked to me for a decision. I turned around, went downstairs and turned off the lights. That took 15 seconds.  Sometimes just doing it beats arguing about it.  Do you think they learned anything from this?