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Tattle tales: how to nip it in the bud

on November 30, 2012

Increase the cost of telling tales

Give your preschooler some work to do when he tells tales. When he comes running to you with news of his sibling’s dastardly (but not dangerous) doings, for instance, you might tell him to draw a picture of the deed and leave it on the table, where you’ll look at it later. The chances are, he’ll decide that the time and effort this entails just isn’t worth it. If what he wants is your attention, tell him you’ll be happy to listen to anything he wants to tell you about himself but not about his friend or sibling – unless they’re in danger, of course.

via Tattle tales: how to nip it in the bud.

This is a pretty helpful little guide! Ally has been doing this a lot lately, I think I’m going to bookmark this page to reference. Perhaps daily…….


4 responses to “Tattle tales: how to nip it in the bud

  1. piecesonnapkins says:

    Our big line at our house is, “and who do you need to worry about?” They’re so well trained at this point they just sigh, roll their eyes and say, “myself”.

  2. That’s a good idea! We’re not at that stage yet, but I know it will come eventually and I’ll keep this in mind.

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