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Modern Manners Monday – Dealing with a Tattletale – Need Your Advice
Let's face it, good manners are at the top of the list for many mothers when it comes to our kids. Manners are one of my biggest issues with my three children (ages 7, 6 and 3)
Welcome to my new blog series, Modern Manners Monday. I get a lot of reader questions about manners for kids plus I see a lot of posts out there in the blogosphere about the same thing. Short of asking Ms. Manners ourselves, I thought that we could pose our most pressing etiquette and manners questions here.
Feel free to share your thoughts and give advice. I am by no means the etiquette expert but I figure if we put our collective heads together, then the result will most definitely be something of value.
Dear DMM: We do a lot of drop-off play dates. Several mothers and I have an arrangement where we all takes turn hosting. Each person drops off their children for a three hour block of time. I work from home and alternating playdates is one of the ways that I can get a much needed break.
However, when it is my turn to host, this one child is really driving me a little crazy. This child is the consummate tattletale. This child comes to me about absolutely everything and shares it all. EVERY. SINGLE. DETAIL.
These are really things that the children should be able to handle among themselves. Sharing toys. Things that really don't need me to handle and this is besides the fact that this kid doesn't even try to work things out first. She just runs and tells.
I have talked to the child several times. I have explained that we don't do things this way in our house. We try to work things out first before telling on each other. She just won't listen. I have talked to the mother and she brushes it off.
I like our playgroup arrangement but I am starting to really dislike this child and in fact, my daughter came to me to tattle on her brother the other day.
What can I do?
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Email your questions to stacieconnerty (at) gmail (dot) com and I will get them posted as space becomes available. Please put “Modern Manners Monday” in the Subject line.
Totally inspired by the fabulous woman who is The Broke Socialite.