Tattle Tales

Moms of older children help me out!! How do you deal with a tattletale? Lately Mason has gotten AWFUL about it. Every move Audrey makes he is running to tell us to try and get her in trouble. I know he is mostly trying to be helpful, but I don't need to know every single move his sister makes - especially when she isn't actually doing anything wrong. Then again, when she is doing something that will hurt herself or someone else I WANT him to tell someone. I guess I'm just having a hard time finding the right balance and would love some advice!!!

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BethSummerville, South Carolina
    05/24/14
    I've found making it silly instead of serious worked with my two. Neither one REALLY got into tattle mode, but when they do it now I don't take it too serious. For example, Bub tells me Mini won't give back the computer charger. I look at her and say "Well Bub said I should beat you up and take the charger from you. Hold still." and I pretend to manhandle her, which makes everyone laugh. And then I say "Ok, everyone uses their own charger right now so everyone can use their laptops." and at that point they either agree to share of they get their own chargers.
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    About Beth
    Current: Summerville, South Carolina
    Birth: September 18
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    obsessed with babywearing, cloth diapering, and breastfeeding (but not judgmental about those that aren't). I'm a SAHM that works. Loves cupcakes, kittens, and glitter; hates spiders, housework and pessimism.