Whispering Squirrels: (Manipulation/Self-Control) Allowing the behavior of others (whispering) to cause us to become angry or embarrassed gives them “control”. Teach your children to be like the third “Good Thinking” squirrel and “take control”. This story is as relevant to adults as to children. It is about our “innate” concern about looking foolish to “high status” peers. The third Squirrel experiences the same thoughts and emotions as the first two but holds them in check. She stiffened her resolve, does not get upset and makes a point of being nice to the “whisperers” so that she will have a “nice day”.