Backtalk

There isn’t a parent out there who hasn’t heard backtalk from their child. Mumbling under their breath. Rolling their eyes. Having to always get in the last word. 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 kids talking back, and to know when the line has been crossed between backtalk and verbal abuse.

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

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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 »

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How to Deal With Teenage Attitude

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At Empowering Parents, we often hear from parents who feel frustrated at their teenager's bad attitude and irresponsible behavior. Whether it's doing well in school or keeping a job, some kids just don't seem to care. And many teens have what James Lehman, creator of The Total Transformation® child behavior program, calls a "dreamer" mentality.... Read more »

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

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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?

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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

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Most kids go through phases where they are sassy, sarcastic, mouthy, or disrespectful. As a parent, it’s hard to know when to let it slide and when to address the problem. That's why parents often ask me the following: “How do you differentiate between disrespectful, sassy, or fresh language and abusive language?” These behaviors are... Read more »

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14 Proven Responses to the Most Frustrating Backtalk

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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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