Backtalk & Attitude

There isn’t a parent out there who hasn’t encountered a child with bad attitude. From your five-year-old telling you "no," to your teenager rolling their eyes and telling you how unfair you are, there's no question these behaviors are incredibly frustrating to deal with. In the articles below, you'll find helpful and effective ways to respond to bad attitude and kids talking back. Backtalk: Should You Ignore It? Teenagers Talking Back: How to Manage This Annoying Behavior How to Deal with Teens with Attitude

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Arguing With Your Child? Five Things You Shouldn’t Do

By James Lehman, MSW

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For many parents, every conversation with their kids seems to turn into an argument. The parents I have worked with get completely frustrated and then don’t know how to make it stop. Whether it’s during a difficult time (like adolescence) or over several years, arguing can seem like the only form of communication that parents... Read more »

How to Deal with Teens with Attitude

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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With a new school year starting, many parents find themselves gearing up for another round of bad attitudes and power struggles with their kids. Teens and pre-teens especially seem to have an “I don’t care,” or “Why bother?” attitude about school, homework and their other responsibilities, whether it be chores around the house or a... Read more »

Very angry teen girl saying "I hate you mom"

Anger, Rage and Explosive Outbursts: How to Respond to Your Child or Teen’s Anger

By Kim Abraham, LMSW & Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW

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Everyone gets angry at times—children and adults alike. Anger is an emotion that can range from slightly irritated, to moderately angry, to full-blown rage. And it can happen quickly. A child’s anger naturally makes us feel uncomfortable. As a result, we may try to appease our child, give in to their demands, or avoid certain situations... Read more »

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