My best friend's son is beautifully honest. He'll do something that he completely knows is against the rule, and then tell on himself almost immediately. I have never gotten angry at him breaking the rules when he fesses up on his own. I start a conversation with him asking why he did it, and reminding him why he's not supposed to, but that I still love him and I forgive him for what he did. And guess what? He just keeps on telling on himself!
“As I am sure any cat owner will be able to tell you,
someone else putting you in a box is entirely different
from getting into a box yourself.” —bisexualbaker