A few years ago I put Operation Tattle Jar into effect and it yielded pretty good results, so I am re-instituting it this week. It serves two purposes: 1) I only have to address children's grievances once a day, and 2) It's great writing practice for the kids. Here's how it's done.
- Choose a container of any sort (I'm a simple person & grabbed a Mason jar but anything including super-cute stuff will work) and label it TATTLE JAR (or BOX or whatever fits).
- Put slips of PAPER and PENCILS into it.
- State the RULES clearly. They are simple. If you have a complaint, write it down. Mom will not listen to verbal complaints. She will only read them once a day (dinner table or your choice of time) and give her verdict.
The first Tattle Jar complaint I received was: "Seth called me a platypus!"
Have fun and may the force of the Tattle Jar be with you.