This week, my youngest son, Tifton Jack (AKA…Jackhammer) spent some time with some friends and he was disgusted how one sibling was treating the other. Tifton is introverted and a man of few words, but when he does speak up, you better listen! On the way home from Tifton’s friends, our conversation went something like this…
JHAMMER: “Dad, it made me sick to my stomach today, to see how “Steve” treated “Jayne”. (names have been altered to conceal the victims true identities J)
SPRAD: “Did you say something to them? Did you ask Steve to stop treating his sister that way”?
SPRAD: “What did he say”
Did I mention, he is a man of few words?
JHAMMER: “So I went and told their parents how bad Steve was”.
JHAMMER: “Dad, did you know that there is a difference between ‘tattling’ and ‘telling’”?
JHAMMER: “And sometimes you just need to tell“.
I love it!
Parents!! Sometimes your kids just need to “tell”?
- Teach your kids to TELL on bullies.
- Teach your kids to TELL when strangers talk to them or take pictures of them. (this happened to my daughter, you can read the post HERE)
- Teach your kids to TELL when their friends are taking drugs or drinking. (it might save a life)
- Teach your kids to TELL on themselves when they do something wrong (teach them the new win is honesty, honesty over comfort)
- Teach your kids to TELL when a pastor, teacher or someone of influence asks them to behave inappropriately.
- Teach your kids to TELL if a boy treats them harshly or violently. (Teach this now)
- Teach your kids to TELL if a friend of the opposite sex abuses them.
When do you think it is appropriate for your kids to “TELL”