How do you deal with tattling? I hate to respond to it at all because I think it sets a precedent. I can't stand adults who go over someone's head to the principal, manager, boss...whatever, instead of just dealing with the situation head on. I feel like acting when a kid tattles is setting the way into a manipulative teenager and then a whiny adult. I've seen a major uptick in tattling from my pre-k kids over the last few weeks. It's totally developmentally expected, but I spend a lot of time going over what they should tell a teacher about and what they should handle themselves. Part of our issue is that the kids can't tell hitting from simply brushing past or bumping into them. I do find myself acting on the "he won't share" tattles more than I probably should. How many of you tell students to settle sharing disputes on their own?