"Mummy, I accidentally drank the toothpaste. Now you won't give me the toothpaste anymore"
I knew it could not have been an "accident" because he particularly loved that brand of toothpaste given by the dentist because of its smell and taste compared to the normal mint toothpaste. So I pulled him aside and told him this...
"Did you purposely or accidentally drink it? I was not there to see so I don't know. Only you know. Only you know whether you did the right thing or wrong thing."
I pointed to his chest and told him...
"Good people know when they did the wrong thing and they will feel very bad inside and sorry. Only bad people like thieves and robbers sometimes do not feel that what they have done is wrong, they do not feel bad or sorry inside."
A moment later, he ran to me with tears in his eyes.
"Mummy, I am good inside. I purposely drank the toothpaste. Now you won't give me the toothpaste anymore."
I gave him a hug and said that it was very bad to purposely drink all the dirty brushing teeth water along with the toothpaste but he is indeed a very good boy to know that what he did was wrong and feel sorry.
Now.... the question is...... should I still give him the toothpaste????