disrespectful child

We cannot expect our children to be model children all the time. They have feelings just like we do and many children find it hard to keep their feelings and their thoughts under control.

When they don’t have control though – perhaps they lose control – they can hurt people with their words and be very disrespectful. They say things they don’t mean and they can forget who they are talking to and be rude. The way they talk and behave sometimes can be disrespectful even if they don’t mean it.

So, what can parents do to handle a disrespectful child? Here are some tips that parents can use to start dealing with the situation and help their child learn how to be respectful.

Parenting Tips For Dealing With A Disrespectful Child

  1. When they are disrespectful walk away. It is better to walk away than enter into an argument with them and then regret later what you say. Tell your child that you feel angry and that right now you have to leave the room to calm down. However, you will come back and talk to them about it. When you do go back to them know what you are going to say and how you are going to say it. Children often feel that they aren’t listened to enough or that their opinions are valid, so when you go and speak with them – listen properly! Don’t interrupt, ask how they feel, what they wanted you to do, what they wanted to do and how things can be different next time so they don’t speak to you in that way again.
  2. Teach them how to speak to you with respect and respect for the boundaries you set. You won’t be able to stop them being a rebel but you can teach them how to speak to others in the way they like to be spoken to.

How have you dealt with your disrespectful child? Have you used time-outs as part of your discipline? I’d love to hear more about your parenting strategies and how they’ve helped improve respectful behaviour.


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