Tattle telling and how to respond to it

Pamela Varady, PsyD Psychologist and Family Coach, shares advice for parents on the best way stop your child from being a tattletale
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Tattle telling and how to respond to it

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Children love to tattletale. One of the things you can do to help is to act really disinterested. When your comes in and says, "My brother took my toy," you can say something like, "Go back and tell him." Or if they come in and say, "Scotty is standing on the chair," and he knows he's not supposed to. You can say, "Do I need to call a doctor? Is anyone bleeding?" That will stop the tattletaling. Children often snitch or tattletale because they want the parents attention. It's not really about what is going on. If it is really about what is going on, like he ripped up my favorite teddy bear; then, of course, you would go to the child and attune to them. Let them know that would make you really mad, too, and handle the situation. Tattletaling can be nipped in the bud by your disinterest. "Do I need to call a doctor?" "Is anyone bleeding?"

Pamela Varady, PsyD Psychologist and Family Coach, shares advice for parents on the best way stop your child from being a tattletale

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Pamela Varady, PsyD

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Dr. Pamela Varady is a Child and Adult Psychologist and sought-after parenting expert. She has appeared as a relationship expert on NBC, Discovery Health Network, The Today Show and Fox TV.  Dr. Varady wrote a workbook, 15 Minutes To Sibling Harmony and conducts seminars and Purposeful Parenting Classes throughout Southern California. In addition, Dr. Varady operates Dynamic Learning and Listening Center for children with special needs with her husband, Dr. Jackson Varady and sister, Dr. Jennifer Glasser, who are also psychologists. Pamela lives in Santa Monica with her husband and 13 year old twin boys.

 

 

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