If I Play By the Rules, You Should, Too!

My child is a tattletale. Oh the injustice of having to follow the rules when other kids aren’t cooperating! Why should they get away with bad behavior?

I can relate, as I was the pesky little sister who was always scolding my older brother and sister for doing what I knew they shouldn’t. Even as an adult, I can’t say I wouldn’t love to rat on that jerk who passes me on the shoulder in a traffic jam because, apparently, his/her time is more valuable than mine. Over there, police officer! Or how about that neighbor who doesn’t keep his dog on a leash and looks the other way when it poops on the beach. *#!*

I know being a snitch will not win Rocky friends and I try to explain this to him. But I also have to teach him that there are exceptions, like when someone is doing something dangerous or potentially damaging someone’s property. So far, my boy just gets confused and frustrated. He’s learning but it’s been trying for both of us.

And what about when he breaks the rules? For now, he even tells on himself. “Mommy,” he explains, “I ate that cookie before lunch even though you told me not to. Am I still in trouble? I told the truth!” What do I respond to that? Yes, you are still in trouble but the sentence is reduced to community service because you were honest?

I know the day is coming when he masters the art of being sneaky and I don’t look forward to it. As for the tattling, I’m hoping he figures it out before driving his new teacher, classmates and coaches bonkers.

Kindergarten looms. Wish us luck!

The Librarian