“What do you do when your kids talk back?”
“I listen.” Erik
Responding with anger when a child back talks models the opposite of the behavior you want to teach.
1. Validate feelings, “It sounds like you are really angry.”
2. Listen to their side of the story.
3. Take responsibility for your part, “I realize I sounded bossy or critical.”
4. Suggest some time to calm down if needed.
5. Affirm your love for your teen.