ASK DR. G: Tattling and How to Stop It!

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“He climbed on the coffee table…”

Boy, kids love to tattle, don’t they? These “well-meaning” little police officers can drive us a little nuts. Some kids will tell on anybody for anything! I know, I was one of those kids until my parents helped me see how it was not actually helping much of anything.

Why do kids tattle?

There are lots of reasons, like

  • feeling strongly that rules are meant to be followed!
  • it’s fun to see someone else get in trouble for a change.
  • because that person just tattled on me!
  • to earn praise or thanks from the adult.
  • just ’cause…

Is it always tattling?

No! Sometimes kids need to tell an adult what’s going on. Tune in for a couple of minutes to this video, and you’ll be able to explain the difference to your kids clearly, and promote telling while discouraging tattling!

ABOUT Dr. G: Deborah Gilboa, MD is a Family Physician, mom of 4 boys, international speaker, Book coverand author. She developed the “3 R’s of Parenting” to empower parents to raise respectful, responsible, and resilient kids. Her new book released September 2014, Get the Behavior You Want… Without Being the Parent You Hate! She is a frequent contributor to ABC, CBS, WQED, Huffington Post, Parenting Magazine, and others. Check out her free downloadable tools to make your parenting more effective!

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Tattling and How to Stop It with Dr. G