“Don’t be a Tattle Tongue!”
His little face was fierce with 4-year-old seriousness.
My daughter looked at him, cocked her head, and rolled over laughing.
What was a Tattle Tongue?
My friend, this little mans mom, explained that she had no idea what a “Tattle Tongue” was either until one of her son’s daycare providers told her.
A Tattle Tongue is something you get from tattling. If you tattle your tongue turns purple and yellow, giving you a Tattle Tongue!
Something they tell the children.
My friend has a good daycare… as a whole, this isn’t about the quality of care they provide.
And I understand this was probably meant as a way to get children to stop coming to teachers all day long with petty annoyances.
Children don’t know the difference between annoying tattling and things that really need to be spoken to adults about.
Because guess what?
They learn by tattling.
Please, PLEASE, encourage children to talk, share, and to tell.
Take time to discuss problem solving.
And explain the difference between a secret and a surprise.
Talk to the children in your life honestly.
They’re learning from you.