Hello. I'm confused what the underlined part means in the context below.
Does it mean "I deserve to be praised for not keep complaining about that[the kids in charge of reading the maps]."
--------from Le Road Trip by Vivian Swift
(A couple is at the cafe.)
He says, "We have to budget our money better-that breakfast cost us $200."
She answers," The problem is that the kids want to try one of everything."
"We also have to stop letting them be in charge of reading the maps," he grouses.
"Well, I deserve a pat on the head for not going on about that," she says. There is a tired pause.
He says,"It would be a totally different trip without the kids.
Yes, it does.
I am not a teacher