The Tattling Police

The Tattling Police

So, what’s a mom to do? I actually have three adorable, kind children who usually adore one another! (No- I am serious- they really do!) On a typical day they usually get along pretty well- playing together nicely, sharing, and all sorts of good stuff. There is only one problem, one minor glitch that occurs more often than not……………the tattling!

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All-day long I hear “Mom, he looked at me!” or “Maaaaamaaaaa she took the toy out of my hand!’ It drives me insane. It gets so bad that my 14-month-old will babble and point his pudgy little carrot stick fingers at his older brother and/or sister as if he is telling on them!

At first, I resorted to what our parents and their parents- parents- PARENTS have told them: {and I quote} “Is somebody bleeding? Did someone lose a limb? No?! Then keep it to yourself!” I call this option 1. It works the first few times; the tattling will cease for an hour or two. Then it’s like “Okay, Mom- nobody is bleeding- but she is laughing at me!”

After that attempt has failed miserably, as it typically does, I basically have two more options that I would like to discuss. Option 2: I can go to Gandhi on them and refuse to eat or drink and sit around in my underwear until the tattling phase comes to a complete halt. Unfortunately (or fortunately- depending on if you will be viewing such a horrific affair), I don’t believe that the kids would even notice, nor care if I were to go to such extremes. (Or, even worse, they may tattle me out to a shrink!) Option 2 is out.

Option 3 is like a secret society. To the average eye, I may look like a typical woman- going about my day striving to be the best that I can be for anyone involved in the inner circle of my life. {But here is the best part:} What you may not be aware of is that I am a member of the Tattling Law Enforcement Agency. Yes, that’s right, The TLE.

Every time I believe that there is a legitimate tattle being told I give out a ticket. This ticket is then signed by the individual at large. Three or more tickets within a day and I start taking away privileges. Also, the best part, (and I am going to clue you in on this little secret) is when you give out a Tattling Ticket they have to tell you what he/she/they could have done differently in that situation to avoid the tattle in the first place!

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My children (well 2 out of 3- pointing becomes such a bad habit) now think twice before a tattle is told. They actually ask themselves “Am I bleeding?” “Maybe I should ask her to stop laughing at me instead of telling you!”

Try it- give it a few days and watch the tattling go MIA. Or at least more manageable.

With these FREE printable Tattling Tickets, you are now a secret member of The TLE Agency. Congratulations- ticket away 😉

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