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Classroom Management Strategies and other Teacher Worthy Ideas

Telling or “Tattle Tailing?”

One of the most frustrating events in my life as a teacher/mother is when one of my students/children would “tattle tail” about whatever!  Do I hear any Amens?

This practice is quite common in the pre-school/kindergarten children and usually disappears by the time that they reached my 3rd grade classroom, thankfully.

Is it a result of sibling rivalry?

Given that fact (and annoyance) what should a parent/teacher do?  Here’s a wonderful post from Parent Toolkit that gives some constructive advice, such as:

“If you are aware of specific challenges he has with peers, role play out simple responses or ways he can redirect his play in the moment to help him be prepared with his own strategies for school. Keep them short. Play act them and make it fun! This will help him remember the practice at school. You might say, “Stop. You know that’s wrong.”

The author also recommends that you share your concerns with your child’s teacher if that’s where the tattle tailing takes place.

In addition, if this telling is a result of bullying to your child, it needs to be addressed, for sure.

Here’s the link:



3 comments on “Telling or “Tattle Tailing?”

  1. Thanks for posting, Patricia! Young children can really press on our nerves as teachers and parents when they come to us about other children’s behaviors time and again. But it does help to understand their developmental need to enforce rules with others to then, internalize them. If we recognize that fact, not only can it extend our patience but also, we can reinforce their learning and begin to help them solve problems on their own with their peers through practice! All the best! Jennifer


  2. Patricia Dorsey
    June 20, 2017

    Amen and Amen!


  3. This is perfect. I have a 6-year old and a 5-year old and I am working on teaching them things I NEED to know…and things that they should figure out amongst each other. I had not even considered the classroom implications. Great share!

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