Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Complaint Department

The other night, Jonathan was complaining to me about having to clean up toys that he didn't get out. The conversation went about like this.

Jonathan: "Momma, do I have to clean up?? I always put up toys I didn't get out. I am always cleaning up extra stuff."
Momma: "Jonathan, I don't want to hear it. I clean up all the time. You are complaining to the wrong person."
Jonathan: "Well, who am I supposed to complain to?"
Momma's a bit caught off guard. Daddy is laughing.


Kimberly said...

Savanah's teacher at school has a complaint box because so many of the kids were complaining and tattle-telling. She decided that if they still cared enough to sit down and write out their complaint than she could address it when she had time. Interesting concept????

Kimberly said...

BTW - I'm so glad to hear that I'm not the only mom who says to her kids, "I don't want to hear it."

Anonymous said...

Sounds like I've got permission to fire up the wood shop and make some complaint boxes! woohoo

Maggie said...

When Ben was in pre-K, his class had a "tattle/complaint phone". If you felt the need to complain or tattle, you could make a "phone call" to tell someone! It was amazing how well it worked! I do like the idea of the complaint box, too. Esp for kindergarten aged kids. I bet it works wonders!!! I, too, tell the boys, "I don't want to hear it." A sign of good parenting, I think! hehe