How to put a stop to tattling–for children of all ages!

Behavior Modification Tips and Strategies

Are your children constantly tattling? Have you had enough? Children as young as prekindergarten age can be taught the rules of tattling. Once they understand the difference between tattling and reporting, they will be less likely to tattle and more likely to solve their tattling problems without the help of an adult. I recently taught the tattle rules to kindergarten, first and second grade students by reading A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook. I feel confident that parents of children of all ages can successfully implement these tattle rules at home.

  • Rule #1- Be a Danger Ranger: If a person or animal is in danger, you must warn someone!
  • Rule#2- Be a Problem Solver: If the problem involves you, take charge and try hard to solve it yourself first.
  • Rule #3- Now or Later: Is the problem a “NOW” problem or a “NOT NOW” problem?
  • Rule #4- M.Y.O.B. (Mind Your Own Beeswax!) If the problem is not dangerous and it does not involve you…DO NOT TATTLE!

Remember the importance of teaching your children the difference between tattling and reporting. When danger is involved or when the problem is chronic, they should always seek the help of an adult. It is also important to stop tolerating tattling, once your children learn the tattling rules.

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