:: rant warning :: If you bail your kid out every time they do something stupid, THEY NEVER LEARN! It isn't your job to be their buddy or prevent them from ever feeling disappointment or any other negative emotion. It is your job to teach them to be responsible and independent. When you don't do this, they just create problems for the rest of us! Holding them accountable for their actions doesn't make you mean, it is your job. Grow a spine and do it!