The teen has only one equal when it comes to talking back — the 3-year-old. Lucky me, I have both taking up residence in my home. Both the teenager and the threenager are on a quest to find their voice and their place in life. While looking for that voice, they tend to use it on us parents in less-than-delightful ways. Over the years, I’ve learned to navigate this major discipline issue. Whatever we do, as parents, we absolutely have to handle it effectively when kids talk back. Our kids can learn how to express their needs, wants, and opinions constructively, and we can breathe easier knowing that we got this.
Here are five ways to respond to your children when they talk back.