"The Muffled Cries For Help From a Daddy of Four Beautiful Little Girls"


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Eeny Meenie Miney Moe, Catch A Tattle By The Tale

We discourage tattletaling around here.

Sometimes the tattlER gets in as much trouble as the tattlEE so that they'll both learn a lesson.

Other times the teller is the ONLY one who gets in trouble, because--quite frankly--I just don't care if your sister is making googly eyes right now or humming the theme to Barney.

For instance:

Cassie: Daddy! Shelby's...

Daddy: I don't want to hear any tattling.

(a minute passes)

Cassie: Which do you think is louder...Shelby's voice right now or fireworks?


Ooh. A loophole. Does that really count as her telling me her sister is being too loud? I'll need to check some previous case law and get back with you.

11 comments:

Big Doofus said...

That's quite clever of her to come up with that. We have the same rule in our house. The exception is that if someone is doing something that's dangerous or against the law...or both. Amazingly, the exception hasn't come up yet.

MaryLu said...

Where is Solomon when we need him?

4hootsintheholler said...

That's when you jump up and say, "I don't know. Let's find out!" and go get the leftover bottle rockets from the garage and set them off in the front yard to verify her theory! (She'll think twice about asking such questions for a little while!) ;-)

I have the sounds of "Mommy, Jacob is (enter any annoying thing you can think of here)...make him STOP!" ringing in my ears on most days. I can relate!!

Jill

Huse Blog is it Anyway? said...

Have you ever wondered where they get all their creatively clever ways? I don't....I think they watch you and pick it up very well!

Roses Are Red, Violets are Violet said...

that child is smart, I tell ya.

mrshoppes said...

Which is louder???

Hmmm. I don't know. Why don't you go research the different decibles of various fireworks and compare them to the level of your sister's voice. I expect to hear a full report with verifiable scientific data to back up your claims by the end of the day.

Although setting off the fireworks sounds like a bit more fun.

Richard J said...

Cassie may have you on a technicality. This might require a Supreme Court ruling...

Anonymous said...

My mother was horrified when I braided a fabric "tattletale" and made the offender wear it pinned on with a diaper pin. (You can tell that was a l-o-n-g time ago.) My kids thought it was pretty funny, but it got the message across. Sort of anyway. They still laugh about it. -Marty

Jenny said...

Oooohhhh... she's tricky.

THEhooahwife said...

ooooh. She is a sly one!

Tim said...

She has definitely found a workable loophole. By waiting a minute, she's left room for a "statute of limitations" argument. By posing it in the form of a question, she's left room for the "but I was just curious" defense. By comparing her sister's voice to fireworks, which are inherently funny, she's left room for the "I was just joking" escape clause.

That is one crafty daughter. I recommend you treat her especially well, paying her way through law school without a whimper, because she'll be the one who is inexplicably left in control of your living will, when you're incapacitated by a cheese overdose.