Title: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing (1995)
Author: Stan & Jan Berenstain
Published By: Random House Inc.
The Berenstain Bears are here on this Teaching Values Tuesday to teach us about, teasing! Most of us have teased someone and/or been teased in our lifetime. Teasing is a part of childhood, but not a good part. But sometimes only when the teaser becomes the teased do they learn the lesson that teasing hurts.
Brother Bear loves to tease his Sister Bear! Which may seem normal among siblings. But Sister Bear did not like it when Brother Bear teased her, she thought he was being very mean when he did so and it hurt her feelings. Mama Bear told Sister not to be so sensitive, and Papa Bear brushed teasing off as a part of life. They did not do too much to discourage or prevent Brother from teasing Sister. Brother only begins to learn his lesson about teasing others when he begins to get teased at school. He finds that he does not like it, as it makes him sad and angry. He soon realizes how he makes Sister feel when he teases her.
Unfortunately some people do not learn that teasing is wrong and hurtful at a young age like Brother. So it is important to address and speak to children about teasing when we see it. Nip it in the bud before it is allowed to blossom. Starting at home, siblings, cousins, or any family member should not be allowed to tease one another. Even if it seems like light-hearted child’s play you do not really know how it is affecting the child it is being directed at. And tolerating it sends the wrong message to the teaser that it is okay. Yes, we must also teach children how to deal with being teaesed because it is going to happen, but we must stress even more that one should not tease another. Children often tease because they are jealous, insecure, or do not understand something or someone different than them. Address the root of teasing to help curb it. Children who are allowed to tease grow into adults who think it is acceptable to do so, and it simply is not.
3 other books by Stan & Jan Berenstain:
▪The BB and the Sitter (1981)
▪The BB and Too Much T.V. (1984)
▪The BB Forget Their Manners (1985)