How to Reclaim Respect
Nothing pushes a parent's buttons more than being on the receiving end of back talk from her own child. But get into a major power struggle and you'll just stress out more -- yelling isn't going to win you respect. And simply ignoring your kid's 'tude problem won't make it miraculously disappear either. "The biggest mistake we make is assuming rude behavior is a phase that will go away on its own," says Michele Borba, PhD, Parents advisor and author of Don't Give Me That Attitude: 24 Rude, Selfish, Insensitive Things Kids Do and How to Stop Them. Our age-by-age strategies will help you stay calm in the heat of the bratty moment and jump-start your kids on the road to respectville.