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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tattle Tale

My question has to do with squabbling children. What's the best course of action to take when the tattling takes over? I get so tired of being the referee.

Tattling! Yuck! Always one of my pet-peeves.

In our home when the kids were younger this was the deal. Unless there is throw up or blood or someone is in danger, do not come running to tell mom and dad!

If they did come and tattle then they there were the one to receive the consequence. This way they knew it was to their advantage to try and work out the problem themselves. How many times a day can we hear that "Bobby took my toy", "She's touching me"!?

Moms and dads...what has worked in your homes?


He And Me + 3 said...

We have the same rule, but I will have to try the consequence thing that is good.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

You're funny...unless there was throw up, blood, or danger...keep it zipped...shhh.

Leslie said...

We have the same rule as Sadie, especially if we're on the phone or in the bathroom!

If your kids are young, pick an object like a stuffed animal and tell them they can go tattle to that instead of you. (For instance, have a Tattle Turtle.)