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

Real Questions from Real Parents Backtalk, Name-calling and Disrespect: Can This Family Learn to Get Along?

By Carole Banks, MSW

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Editor’s note: At the beginning of the year, we asked you, our readers, to send us real questions specific to your family’s situation. Our first article in our new series, Real Questions from Real Parents, deals with something most parents can relate to: backtalk, name-calling and disrespect. All questions are answered by a member of our parent... Read more »

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Backtalk: Should You Ignore It?

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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Does this sound familiar? “Stop hitting your sister. If you don’t stop, you’ll have to go to your room.” “You can’t tell me what to do!” “I most certainly can! Now get to your room…or else.” Backtalk can be terribly aggravating to parents, often evoking a strong emotional response. It feels hurtful and disrespectful, and we just want it... Read more »

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Sassy Kids: How to Deal with a Mouthy Child

By James Lehman, MSW

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Are you tired of disrespectful talk from your kids? Do your children respond with eye-rolling and sarcasm to everything you say? Most—if not all—kids go through phases when they are sassy, mouthy, or disrespectful. As a parent, it’s hard to know when to let it slide—and when to address the problem. James Lehman explains where... Read more »

Mom talking to teenage daughter who is rolling her eyes after saying whatever

14 Proven Responses to the Most Frustrating Backtalk

By James Lehman, MSW

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When kids act out, they have an arsenal of backtalk they fire at you in order to put you on the defensive—a secret language that’s designed to win them control and absolve them of responsibility. If you take those comments at face value—or take them to heart—you’ll always be on the defensive, constantly reacting to... Read more »

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