Tonawanda News — In the Tattletale Zone, all these offenses have equal standing under the Law of Sam.
“Mom! Jimmy’s eating my dinner!”
Seriously? Your bottomless-pit brother is scarfing down the congealed helping of peas that you left on your plate an hour ago in hopes I wouldn’t notice ... and you have a problem with this??
(Great. Now I’m using extra question marks too.)
I’ve heard it’s a normal phase of development. It’s how preschoolers cope with the development of a moral compass even while they don’t — yet — have great conflict resolution skills ... or the basic realization that life isn’t, really, fair. Dealing with these things is part of growing up, and as such, I’ll keep ignoring it when I can and dealing with it when I have to do so. (Preferably ignoring it. I suspect attention is part of the motive.)
And I’ll help him work on coming up with solutions for himself that don’t involve tattling on his brother or taking the law into his own 4-year-old hands.
If only I can manage to stay sane in the meantime.
“Mom! He’s breathing on me!!!!!”
I give up.Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.