My 11-year-old developed a bad habit of tattling on her brother. So I told my children that I would only accept and review written complaints. Since enforcing this policy, my daughter's tattling decreased significantly. She decided that many of her complaints weren't worth the effort.
This article originally appeared in the January/February 2011 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2010 by Renae Brumbaugh. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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