Well....start by hiding all the markers in the house because that was your fault :) My TV has been pen marked, my walls, cabinets and floors all got markered...and while furious at the kid for doing it, I had to blame myself for not having the markers where the kids could reach them...even if it was a temporary lapse in judgement. Markers all stay on top of the refrigerator now. My kids got sent to bed early that night, swat on the bottom and my wife and I muttered and grumbled as we cleaned the mess. The faster you get to cleaning it the more likely it will come out...
i agree w/ funny little frog. you're the adult w/ a small child. Not the other way around.you could tell her No No then take her to s safe location(at table) and hand her some crayons/paper. LEAD BY EXAMPLE. BE A GOOD ONE.
my mom did this 1: time out for how ever old they are that's how many minutes. Set a timer and no talking if there is talking timer resets. at the end when the timer goes off you address the child & he/she must say the following: what they did wrong, why it's wrong, what was learned, a real apology must be given. Spankings for getting up without being told. Works!
Ok... Ignore all these people saying its not the child's fault, it's yours. Should the child have had markers without you being there? No. BUT the child is 3. I have taught 3 year olds for many years and they know right from wrong. If you don't punish the child, he/she will think its ok and do it again. I don't mean, beat the kid and ground him/her for a month, obviously. But, take the child to the TV, kneel down to be at the child's level, speak softly and explain that this is not ok and you need your child to help clean it.