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.

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



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

14 Proven Responses to the Most Frustrating Backtalk



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 »

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


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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 »

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