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The Tattletale Window to Social Awareness

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Tattletale Begone! Social Awareness Flow In

Social awareness is like opening a window to let empathy and understanding flow in. It helps your child see the bigger picture and connect with others. Today, we’ll open the tattletale window by:

  1. Discussing a common dilemma.
  2. Help your child’s mind become more socially aware with questions.
  3. Help them see the bigger picture about tattling.
  4. Solve two puzzles.
  5. Encourage them to connect with others without becoming a tattletale.

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Dinner Dilemma Discussions


Understanding Why Kids Tattle: Kids tattle for a few reasons:

  1. Children want to do the right thing. They want others to do the right thing too. When they see something wrong, they may feel compelled to tattle.
  2. Children may want to feel important, so they tattle to gain attention.
  3. Children may want revenge, so they tattle to get someone in trouble.

Kids may lack the experience to know when not to tattle. It's essential for kids to learn when to inform an adult, which is not tattling. The right word for this is 'Telling.' Telling is about helping others, such as when:

  • Someone falls and is bleeding.
  • Someone's crying because Rover (the dog) is lost.
  • Someone needs help with a heavy chore.

A Common School Dilemma: Imagine a situation where a classmate, Penny, is constantly tattling. Your teacher reacts to Penny’s behavior. Discuss this with your child and encourage them to role-play different scenarios.

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Tattletale Girl


Role-play the Big Tattletale Dilemma:

  1. "Role-play being the teacher and Penny. Pick out a family member to be the teacher and someone to be Penny. What will they say? How will they show your teacher's feelings? Take turns role-playing. Exaggeration and laughter are welcome.

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Penny kept interrupting her teacher.


2. Discuss your family's opinions about the role-play and tattling:

Ask each member each question.

  1. How do you think teachers feel about tattletales?
  2. How do you think Penny felt?
  3. Do you like kids to tattle? Why?
  4. Is telling a teacher someone fell on the playground and is bleeding being a tattletale? Why?
  5. What’s the difference between tattling and telling?

This dilemma could encourage your child to think beyond themselves and develop social awareness.


Quiz for Kids about Tattling: Let's see what you've learned about tattling!

1. When might a child want to tattle?

  1. When they want to help someone.
  2. When they want to feel important.
  3. When they want revenge.
  4. All the above.

2. What is the difference between tattling and telling?

  1. Tattling is always a good thing.
  2. Telling is when you want to get someone in trouble.
  3. Telling is informing an adult to help someone while tattling is trying to get someone in trouble.
  4. Tattling and telling are the same thing.

3. Is telling a teacher about someone who fell on the playground and is bleeding being a tattletale? a. Yes, b. No

Remember, it's essential to choose the option that best fits the situation and promotes kindness and understanding!

Answers: 1. b, c 2. c 3. No

Dear puzzle enthusiasts,

In today's special edition of "The Tattletale Tightrope," we have a fun and challenging puzzle for you! Solving this puzzle will not only be a great brain exercise but also a lesson in family teamwork and kindness. Are you ready? Let's dive in!

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  1. Below, you'll find a series of scrambled words related to kindness and positive actions. Unscramble the letters to reveal the hidden words.
  2. Once you unscramble each word, write it down.

Scrambled Words:

  3. GODO

Use Your Brainpower and Think:

Once you've unscrambled all the words, think about what each of the words means and how you can incorporate these actions into your daily life to spread kindness and create a better world. Discuss it with your family and share your ideas!

Remember, kindness begins with YOU. Let's work together to make the world a better, kinder place.

Happy puzzling and spreading kindness!

Unscrambled Words:

  3. GOOD

Well done! Keep practicing kindness and spreading positivity wherever you go.

Watch this short video to learn an important tip about turning tattletales into kind siblings! 

Best Tip for Tattletales

Remember, the power of these discussions lies in the connections you'll create the values you'll reinforce, and the growth you'll inspire. So, let's come together and embrace the magic of dilemma discussions. Get ready for captivating conversations and endless opportunities to nurture your family values!


Ready to embark on this values-driven adventure? Grab your Dilemma Discussion Kit today. It's your golden key for nurturing strong family bonds and shaping the character of your loved ones.

(Note: The provided link will direct you to our website where you can access the Dilemma Discussion Kit. Happy discussing!)


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Jean Tracy

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