Over time, I have mellowed somewhat and can honestly say there are few items I really cherish so much that I would be down right angry if they got damaged. Am I no longer selfish? Nope. I am still being refined! I do, however, strive to remember my darling children are not perfect (neither am I!). I also have grown to realize that some things are just things. I can buy a nice set of dishes when the kids are older. I now store our beloved books in our master bedroom which prevents them being in harms way! I use mainly plastic dishes and take care to remind them to be careful should they ever need to use one of our more fragile dishes. We surrender ourselves to the fact that until our children are a bit larger we will have a dark, stained, lumpy couch.
It really is a relief to have a changed attitude in this area. There was a time that I'd have been so stressed about an item being damaged that I wouldn't think as clearly and the clean up or damage control process would be more challenging. Now, when a glass bowl is shattered, my first reaction is to sound the practical order to stay back and sit out of the way until I can clean up the shards before someone gets hurt. Never mind that someone chucked the glass bowl across the room! That can be dealt with post-clean up.
1) Remain calm and say as little as possible. "Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue." ~ Proverbs 17:28
2) Give prudent commands such as reminding everyone to stay back or hold still should glass be involved.
3) Clean the area or pick up the mess. When appropriate have the children help.
4) Thank your helper for their contribution even if small.
5) Deal with the issue. Should punishment be necessary for breaking rules or disobeying now is the time. Or, discuss how the child/children can prevent the situation from happening again if appropriate. Waiting to discipline or discuss the situation until after the clean up process gives you a chance to remain calm and think more clearly.
Remember that one of our most precious earthly treasures is our children and they are worth far more than anything they break!