A DMK Production
You have two sons: Peter is twelve and Jacob is seven. The boys get along great and enjoy playing and spending time with each other. Yesterday afternoon the boys were wrestling around and playing in the yard and having a good time with each other and something happened and Jacob started screaming and holding his arm. Peter ran in the house and got you. You took Jacob to the ER and it seems his arm is broken. The doctor said it was a simple fracture and will heal with no issues and that Jacob probably just moved wrong while the boys were playing. Peter feels horrible.
After you all get in that evening and get Jacob settled Peter comes to you carrying the paddle you use for his spankings. He says he is ready to take his punishment for hurting his brother. You explain that it was all just a bad accident and there is no reason for Peter to be punished and tell him to go put the paddle away.
You get up the next morning and look outside and you see Peter already at work washing your car.
You note your spouse's car has already been washed. You go outside to speak to Peter. Peter explains that he feels responsible for hurting Jacob and knows he has to be punished. He said he has decided that he needs to spend the day doing chores as his punishment. He shows you a list he made last night that includes washing the cars, several hours of lawn work, washing the exterior of all of the windows, and sweeping the drive, walk and patio. You try to explain again that no punishment is necessary but Peter ignores you and continues washing your car.
What do you do?
How do you help Peter cope with his guilty feelings?