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

Eliminate “Shut up!” from Your Family’s Vocabulary

By James Lehman, MSW

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For many families, the "shut up"  response is an "A-side/B-side" issue. Here, James Lehman MSW tackles the problem from both perspectives, and shows you how to eliminate it from your family's vocabulary. “Shut up!”  What to do when your child says it to you: If your child tells you to shut up, the best thing to do... Read more »

Does Your Child Say This? “Whatever.“

By James Lehman, MSW

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Does Your Child Say This? "Whatever." Kids generally say “whatever” to their parents when they’ve already lost the argument. It’s a final attempt to push the parent’s button and to get back at you in some small way for something that your child doesn’t like. Your best bet is to ignore it. If a kid says "whatever,"... Read more »

Does Your Child Say This? “I Hate You!”

By James Lehman, MSW

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Does Your Child Say This? "I hate you." Of all the weapons in your child’s arsenal, the words “I hate you” can have the power to reduce any parent to tears or anger. Children know that saying this can paralyze a parent during a fight, which is why they use this tactic to get what they... Read more »

Parenting Teens: 5 Ineffective Things to Avoid Doing

By Megan Devine, LCPC

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At Empowering Parents, we talk a lot about “effective” versus “ineffective” parenting styles. In fact, James Lehman reminds us that it’s not about whether your parenting style is right or wrong, it’s about whether it’s effective. The good news is that if you aren’t getting the results you want – for example, a less mouthy... Read more »

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