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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-06-2005, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Help me with tattle tale boy

I guess this is a stage Click here to enlarge but I don't know how many more times I can hear "Mom! B did _______" before my head explodes.

He's 5 1/2 - how can I get this to stop?
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I'm C&P from a thread downstream. This has helped us w/ the neighbor kiddo that is at it constantly.
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Re: tattling, we've been using this to stop the neighborhood tattle-meister. Ask the question "Are you telling me to get Johnny in trouble or out of trouble?" Ask it every time...when they say "In trouble" explain that is tattling, wrong, etc, etc. If "Out of trouble" is the answer, you likely need to intervene. They catch on pretty quickly.
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Thanks, I will have to try that.

I miss the terrible twos. Click here to enlarge
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My DD tattles on DH and I to our parents. I've been trying for 2yrs now to get her to stop.
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Very easy reply...ask him, "So, what do you want me to do about it?"

Kids very rarely want you to do anything, they just feel validated somehow if THEY are the ones telling you SOMETHING.

After a few days of me refusing to react to the tattle, they stopped. Then one of the neighbor kids popped off and said, "I want you to ground him." I reminded him that I was the parent who made decisions like that and I didn't want to hear it from him again. That was that.
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