Contradictions in Parenting - Page 2
Then there are the times when tattle telling works to my immediate advantage. My youngest is going through a stage where he wants to sneak up and play after I put them to bed. My six year old (who is the tattlingest of tattlers) will say "Moooooooooom, Ben's out of bed." The reason this works for me is that usually, upon hearing his brother rat him out, he will hop right back in and go to sleep. Saves me a trip up the stairs. At the end of the day, this is an amazing thing.
We've been working hard around here on the difference between tattling and asking for help when a situation is over their ability to handle. As I type, I just overheard my oldest tell his brothers he'd like some time to himself and please stop bothering him. Then I heard, "Mom, I need some time to myself and they won't stop bothering me." (Sans whining even!) So, maybe all my talking about when it's okay to come to me with an issue is paying off.
An original Deep South Moms post.
Rebecca blogs at Life With Boys where currently, she is striving to find joy amid the chaos.