Smart-alecky comments, sass, and disrespectful gestures, such as eye rolls and lip smacks, seem to be the norm when children talk back to you nowadays. Try these tips to nip your child's bold and brash behavior in the bud.
Award-winning author, Michele Borba, EdD, recently appeared as a guest on Parents.com Community boards to offer practical advice on children's behavior and violence prevention. This sought-after, motivational speaker has presented workshops to more than one million participants throughout North American, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific, and has served as an educational consultant to hundreds of schools. She currently serves on Parents magazine's advisory board. The following is her advice on how to help children handle anger.
... children get angry at times. And while anger itself isn't good or bad, the way a child deals with anger can... in anger or to yell at him to stop being mad. But it's better for your child if you help him develop... the ability to cope well with anger. Here are some strategies to use. Talk it out. Calmly ask your child...
Kids are kids, which means that when they get mad, they're not especially diplomatic about it. What's disturbing, though, is that more and more kids seem unable to stop at ordinary expressions of childish ire. "I see hundreds of kids each year, and I'm shocked by the level of aggressiveness I'm observing," says Edward Christophersen, Ph.D., a psychologist at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO.