Self-help books for kids and the adults in their lives, written by experts and published by the American Psychological Association.
Children’s abilities to solve problems on their own is just developing, so they often feel they can’t handle a situation without help from an adult. Kids can tattle for different reasons; wanting to look good, be appreciated for being helpful, getting attention, or even getting back at another child, especially a sibling. Don’t Squeal Unless It’s a Big Deal looks at these issues and helps kids learn when it is appropriate and when it is merely squealing.
Tattling: “Robbie breathed on me!”, “Jonathan ripped my paper!”, “Sam’s picking his snout!”
BIG DEAL: Someone is hurt or in danger, when a person is hurting you, or hurting something that doesn’t belong to them.
When you have a kid-sized problem and something that is not a big deal, it is important that children talk directly to the person that upset them. The book gives children and parents tips and strategies to use when dealing with tattling vs. BIG DEAL (such as bullying) issues. It was written by an elementary school counselor who felt the need to bring her many years of knowledge at calming the ‘tattling outbreaks’ that would happen at school to help other families.
In this highly entertaining story for young children, kids will learn when “”squealing”” on your fellow classmate is appropriate and when it is merely tattling. Set in a school classroom, the “”kids”” in the class constantly tattle on each other, creating an air of frustration and distrust. As the story unfolds, the teacher, rather than strictly policing the situation, addresses underlying feelings and encourages mutual problem solving. This story helps teach children when to “”squeal”” on important issues and when to work it out alone.
Tip! A note to Teachers and Parents is included in the book as a great reference.
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