Are you worried that your child may not outgrow tattling?
Tattling is common in most households, so there’s nothing to fret over. The cause is often sibling rivalry if it’s happening at home, so make sure you give each child the attention they deserve. If you can work through the tattling problem with your child, imagine being able to come home from work to a home that’s relaxed, comfortable, and much less stressed. When you and your children get along well, that dream can become a reality!
How to Fix a Tattletale Problem:
According to MetroParent Magazine, there are nine things that can help combat your child’s tattling problem, including:
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- Consider the motivation behind the tattling
- Teach the difference between minor and important telling if someone is in danger
- Acknowledge your child’s feelings
- Coach your child on problem-solving skills
- Be a mediator between the children to help figure out a resolution
- Play the role of supportive consultant rather than punishing or taking sides
- Maximize listening skills by taking an interest in what your child has to say
- Use matter-of-fact phrases like “There are only two grownups in this house, and it’s our responsibility to enforce the rules.”
- Wait it out! Your child should outgrow tattling eventually
If you decide to try some of these things with your child, we’d like to know how they works for you. In addition, are there any other alternatives that already work for you that you’d like to suggest to other parents? Please let us know in the comments! At Little Angels Preschool in Ypsilanti serving Saline, Ann Arbor, Milan, and the surrounding areas, we’re dedicated to our students’ health and well-being.