- Playing “teacher” over all of the little rules. Students learn the rules and feel that everyone needs to toe the line. The child becomes the rule keeper instead of leaving things to the real teacher. Also, the child who tells the teacher over every little thing will be ignored when something major needs to be reported.
- Trying to look good and increase status with those in authority — “I’m the good kid.”
- Trying to get revenge — Some children want to get back at another child, so they tell on that child.
- Being a false witness — The Bible strongly condemns telling tales on others when what is passed along is untrue or exaggerated to make the other person look bad. Often this happens when two children get in trouble and a child (yes, even one of our dear ones) tries to shift the blame and minimize his/her own role to escape consequences.
May God bless you as your train your child to be different. May you train your child to shine light on both the good and evil — to celebrate and to seek correction.
God’s best, Christopher