When you bought the boys a Wii, you knew about the trouble with flying controllers, so you made both boys promise to use the wrist straps. It started off okay, but the boys decided they didn't like the straps. Last month, the boys lost their Wii privileges for a week for not using them (that was your spouse, and you feel it was a bit of overreaction, but you also understand it).
Today, you were on the phone, finalizing some vacation plans. You went from the kitchen to your office to get some information you needed, and, in the living room, you saw this.
About five minutes later, just as you finish the phone call, you hear a crash.
In the living room, you see the boys by the coffee table. They're picking up a photo that normally sits atop it.
On closer examination, you see that the glass in the frame is shattered, and that the frame itself is damaged. The picture was also damaged. The picture is a fairly generic family picture, though it had turned out very well, but easily replaceable. The frame will probably have to be trashed, but it was only $19.95 at Target or Micheal's or somesuch.
Both boys swear they put the wrist straps on when you told them, and Kevin admits it was his that broke the frame. You check and find nothing wrong with his strap that would explain the controller flying off his wrist.
Upon follow up, Kyle says that he put his straps on, but he doesn't really know if Kevin did. Kevin swears they both did. Both boys have lied to you before, in attempts to avoid punishment. You have spanked both boys before for situations when they were told to stop something and they continued, even only one of them caused the problem, though you're not sure this situation would apply. In this case, as you question them, both boys are nervous, but you can't really tell if it's 'we're lying' nervous, or 'Dad's going to spank us' nervous.
What's games up next?