I'm the mother of one but the youngest child of eight.
My parents had a rule and never waivered.. if someone was not dying, bleeding, choking or in the balance between life and death in some other manner and we tattled.. the one who tattled was the one who was punished.
Also a serious punishable offense (no TV, no leaving our bedrooms, no eating dinner with the family, etc.) was whining. One whine = sitting in our room for the rest of the day.. no toys either.. just books.
at 10:50 PM on Sep. 26, 2010