Sassy Sarcastic Poem for Building Character in Your Child

Rejected Girl
Sassy Isn't Classy!

Our character building poem for kids includes rude behavior, the problems that mouthy behavior can cause, and how to solve them. Please share this parenting gift with your children.

The poem is about Tyler Tanners, a boy with sarcastic manners. When he put down his dad, there were consequences he didn't like.

Fortunately, a character comes to his rescue. Find out who he is and what he suggests in our poem, "Sassy Isn't Classy."

After you read it with your children, discuss these questions to find out their thoughts about sassy behavior:

  1. What's wrong with sarcastic behavior?
  2. How can being sassy hurt friendships?
  3. What do you think of sassy sarcastic kids?
  4. If you were the parent of a child who acted rudely toward you, what would you do?
  5. What advice would you give children who sass?

Using these discussion questions helps your children think more clearly and talk more deeply about the problem. When they respond with good solutions be sure to praise their answers. It is hoped they will follow them.

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4 Ways to Discuss Bullying and Teach Empathy + Video

GETTING KIDS TO DISCUSS BULLYING helps parents teach empathy.  If you’re

Buster Bully +
Buster Billy Needs Your Child's Advice. Discuss the Video.

like most parents, you don't want your child to purposely hurt others. You don’t want your child labeled, ‘Bully.’

Today, I'll share:

  • 5 reasons it’s hard for bullies to stop
  • 4 ways to discuss bullying with your kids and
  • 6 questions to help your children think about empathy

You’ll find my short YouTube Video below to help with your discussions.

Bullying Is Hard to Stop When a Child Is ~

Click here for the full article on Bullying


In listening to the video, I suggest you:

  • Stop it when a question is asked
  • Discuss it with your child
  • Listen more than talk

You'll find out if your children are taking on your positive values. If not, be creative. Ask more questions to help them think wisely. Try not to criticize.

When you hear good ideas, give them praise. They'll love your attention and approval. You, in turn, can take pleasure in listening to their developing minds tell you what they really think.


Here's the video:

Character Building: Teaching Empathy - How Parents and Kids Discuss Bullying



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Family Conversations~How Families Have Fun Together

Family Conversations can create family fun. Our guest blogger today is Chanie Monoker, founder of the DAS Center. He'll tell you what he does to create fun in his family.

Family Conversations Das Center

"There is a "game" called Family Talk (and Family Talk 2) which is a series of cards on a ring with each card containing questions. While no ages are given, different questions are more appropriate for different ages.

It's a great way to have a neutral conversation about things that are meaningful to each person. Things like:

1. What's your favorite... or

2. What's your worst... or

3. Do you remember your driver's test?

The latter might be more appropriate for teens, but even tweens will enjoy listening to others' experiences."

To learn more about Chanie Monoker, go to

Owner at Das Center: Developing Awareness a Student at a time 

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You'll find 51 Dilemmas for Your Family to Enjoy Discussing.

Jean's Response:

I appreciate Chanie's idea about having fun together. Games are a great way to feel closeness and enjoy each other. They promote family conversations too.

Another way to have fun is to work on jigsaw puzzles together. Our extended family uses the easier 300 large piece puzzles. We ask each other for the pieces we need and talk about the puzzle during snack breaks.

We all have different styles. I always look for the outline pieces. My daughter looks for special pictures pieces inside the puzzle. Even my 3-year-old granddaughter finds pieces to add. And my 12-year-old granddaughter hides the last piece so she can add it at the end.

What's really neat is we all work together. We enjoy admiring our completed puzzle together too.

Having ways to enjoy each other goes a long way toward becoming a close-knit loving family.

What Do You Do for Family Fun?

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Jean Tracy, MSS

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Building Character ~ 3 Dilemmas to Discuss with Your Kids

Would you like to know your kids' attitudes about life? Would like to tips on how to ask them? If you'd like to hear their eager opinions, consider dilemma discussions.

3 Dilemmas to Discuss with Your Kids:

  1. Pretend no one wants to play with you because you cheat to win. What advice would you give yourself?

    Many kids cheat to win. (Some adults do too.) They think winning is more important than anything. Here is your chance to get your children to talk. They might tell you why they don't like playing with cheaters. Help them examine the problems with cheating. Listen to their advice. Congratulations! You've just helped them think about right and wrong.


  2. Imagine your brother just told his teacher your parents had a fight last night. Should you tell your parents what he said? Why or why not?

    Lots of kids have loose lips. Lots of kids tell secrets that belong at home. Many can't tell the difference between appropriate and inappropriate things to say. Here's another chance to help your children discuss the difference.


  3. Pretend your brother brags about everything. Nobody likes his bragging. Most of the kids won't play with him. How can you help him without getting him mad at you?

    So many children think kids will like them if they prove how important they are. Some of them lie to impress others. This is an amazing opportunity to discuss your kids' opinions. It's also a great time to talk about the problems with bragging.

When children are given the chance, they love to give their opinions. It helps them feel valued. Why not learn your kids' attitudes about life? Enjoy helping them think right about wrong. Feel good about the lively discussions too.

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Building Character ~ How Dilemma Discussions Promote Solutions from Kids


"Building Character Starts with Getting Your Kids To Talk."

Parenting Tips by Jean Tracy, MSS, for grades K-6:

Dear Parent,

A little girl was acting up in the car. The little boy sitting beside her said, "Mrs. Smith, you need to call her dad. "Calling her dad might not work," she answered. "Then you can call my dad. He'll spank her."

Does your child act up in the car? Are long trips the worst? Inside you'll find a dilemma to discuss with your child before you take long car rides. It will build her character too.

Discussion Dilemma:

"Your parents are driving you from Oregon to Disneyland for your birthday. It's a very long drive. You're getting grumpy. How would you like to behave? What might you do to help you behave?"

Parenting Tips for Asking Questions:

  • Realize it's natural for kids to get restless.
  • Listen to your child's answers.
  • Find out what she could do to make the drive easier.

Many parents offer solutions to prevent their kids from complaining. Some parents yell. Others might spank. The trick is to find out from your child what will work.

Perhaps she'll come up with a bunch of suggestions and say, "We could play a magnetic game, read a book out loud, or play a car game like "Who can find the most Fords on the road?"

If the solutions come from your child they'll work better than if they come from you. You won't be frustrated coming up with fun things to do only to be met with grumpiness. By discussing the car dilemma ahead of time, you'll be preventing a tough car ride. You'll be building character too.

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Jean Tracy, MSS