Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Tattletale Child
The tattletale child can be challenging because they appear to be the one always bringing light to problems. When a child is constantly worrying about other children's problems and "tattletaling" it's helpful to simply say, "That's not your worry". This allows the child to stay focused on playing or minding their own business. Another way to help this child is to channel their desire to be a leader and give them responsibilities such as helping to clean or organize things. Also, teach them what situations are an emergency that requires adult intervention and what issues should be left alone. Being a leader is a good thing but children often need help learning when it's appropriate to lead and when it's better to stay focused on their own activities.