Disrespect

Disrespect from children and teens can be shown in a variety of ways - the most common being backtalk, complaining, arguing, attitude, or just plain ignoring. These are all faulty tools that children and teens may use to express displeasure about a limit that was set, avoid a task they don’t want to do, or try to gain control in a situation where they feel powerless. These faulty tools work for kids when parents argue back, engage in a power struggle, or take their words personally. Below are some parenting articles and resources to help you learn how to deal with disrespectful kids.

Disrespectful Child or Teen? 5 Things Not to Do As a Parent

When Good Kids Behave Badly: Is Your Child Starting to Push Your Buttons?

Sassy Kids: How to Deal with a Mouthy Child

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Disrespectful Child or Teen? 5 Things Not to Do as a Parent

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Eye rolling, curses, insults, backtalk, name calling, ignored requests, snide comments: disrespect from your child or teen comes in many different forms. If you’re struggling with disrespectful behavior from your kids, you’re definitely not alone: this is one of the biggest topics of conversation between parents and our online parent coaches. The truth is, disrespectful behavior... Read more »

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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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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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