"She stuck her tongue out at me for no reason!" "He grabbed my lightsaber!" "She took a lollipop without asking!" Does your child constantly snitch on her siblings and pals? Four- and 5-year-olds love to tell on people. It may be annoying—but it's also not a totally bad thing. Look at it this way: Tattling is proof that your kid can distinguish between right and wrong.
But there's no need for her to keep proving it, is there? And there are plenty of good reasons to teach her to zip her lips. For starters, no one likes a tattletale. Also, kids tend to rat each other out for all the wrong reasons—to worm their way into their parents' favor, for example, or for the naughty thrill of getting someone into trouble. We've got the lowdown on when your child is likely to tattle and how you can get her to stop.
Copyright© 2005. Reprinted with permission from the September 2005 issue of Parents magazine.
All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.