Back Talk and Children

A few tips on how to cope with back talk from your child.

Back Talk

Does your child ever give you back talk?  You know the type, where you ask your child to help you with something and you receive a snarl in return?  It’s the type of disrespectful and rude behavior that drives most parents crazy.  It can begin around five years of age and it can continue well into the teen years unless parents take action to nip it in the bud.  Barbara Coloroso, author of Kids Are Worth It explains when and how to handle back talk in your child. “There’s a certain amount of bantering and giving your own opinion that we need to allow kids to do, but nothing that borders on being mean and cruel.  I like to use humour whenever I can, saying things like ‘you’re really upset.  Talk to me in a different language than that.  Gosh, I didn’t get that, can we say that again in a way that leaves both of our dignity intact?’  And do it lightheartedly rather than ‘I’m not going to have any kid talking to me like that’”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Barbara Coloroso, author of Kids Are Worth It. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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