When your child acts disrespectful towards you, by backtalking, swearing, hitting, or making rude comments, it’s important to shut down that behavior fast. Don’t worry- you’re not a bad parent. Kids like to test their parents’ limits, and learn from other kids, TV, or maybe even by watching you, but as long as you correct the behavior, you are still doing your job. So, what do you do when your child is being rude? Check out these tips by Nicole Schwarz at Imperfect Families:
-Stay calm- do not immediately react with anger or punishment, give yourself time to think about why they behaved that way.
-Empathize- try to see why your child reacted the way they did, and understand the feelings they are having.
-Talk with your child when you have both had a moment to calm down. If you’ve lost your cool and said hurtful things to them as well, it’s okay to admit it and apologize. Tell your child that their response to you was inappropriate, and talk about how to handle situations like it in the future.