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Here is how we define it in our house.
Tattling is telling on someone for something small.. something that should be worked out between the kids involoved.
Telling is letting us know someone did something wrong and it needs to be taken care of immediately.
If one of my kids tattles, sometimes i make both kids sit in timeout.
Well at least I'm not alone LOL Mine are 6 and 3 (almost 4) so not bad in age
Right now we are going on over 24 hours with their cousin here (got him @ 8:30AM yesterday) so I think they have worn their welcome on each other, and I have him until 6PM tonight until my cousin gets home : (
Right now they are seperated, watching tv in sperate rooms, (my boys in my room, and their cousin in the living room, too bad I don't have 3 TVs haha) I'm about to have a stroke AHHHH
Not to mention, he seems to have zero rules at home, he startes crying hystericaly demanding to go home every time I won't give him a snack (my boys are on a schedule, every two hours they can have a small snack, and they are more than happy with carrot sticks and milk, so I guess that's not kid friendly for most, but he won't even eat hotdogs!) and he does not seem to understand why he can't get his way right now, but maybe if he asks over and over and over and over he'll get it... MAN I am going into 2009 with a new appreciation for my children, they look like wonderful little angles to me now (well who am I kiding they always did hehe)
My kids are the same way and yes it drives me nuts also. I also tell them to work it out as well but mine are close in age so the fight is kind of fair maybe. LOL He is 9 and she is almost 8 and yes my nerves are really tried with another one on the way. Hang in there and we will make it.
I can do all things through Christ who strenghtens me Philippians 4:13
How does everyone here deal with Tatal-tailing?
The rule in my house is work it out, unless you are being hurt or someone is in danger. I don't want my kids coming to me for every little thing and not learning how to sort through their own problems.
On the other hand I don't want them to think they can't come to me at all if they are being mistreated.
I have my cousins son over today, he;s been here since 8:30Am, no nap (he's 5, my sons are 6 and 3 and still take naps, I'm not sure what he does, should have asked) so by 7:30 they started grating on each others nerves a bit and that's when the tatal-tailing started.
Not so much from my kids, but from their cousin (who has been being a terror!) I'm exgasted by the way LOL
Finally I said, "No more! Stop coming in to tell on each other every 5 seconds. I don't want to hear it"
I just went in to get them to watch a new years special I told them they could watch and my 3 year old had a bloddy lip because his cousin punched him.
Um THAT was something he should have told me. Sp now I'm pulling out my hair, mostly gray now, at 24 (just kidding, I don't have gray hair, at least not yet LOL) and wondering what everyone else does about the insesant "Mooooooooooooooomy he did thiiiiiiiiiiiis to me!!!!"
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