There is nothing more frustrating to a parent than trying to deal with disrespectful teenagers. Many parents feel like they have done everything they can to raise respectful, intelligent children, only to find, when they reach their teenage years, that they want to do nothing but act out. Culture and their own hormones will direct them to rebel. If you are dealing with disrespectful teenagers, here are some tips to help you get through to your kids:

  1. Try not to take the disrespect personally. This is probably one of the most difficult things to do as a parent of disrespectful teenagers. Realizing, however, that your teen is acting out not because they hate you, but because they are testing their limits can make this behavior much easier to deal with. When they talk back to you, do not allow yourself to be hurt. This will only allow the situation to escalate. If you do not take their behavior personally, you will have a cool enough head to deal with the situation.
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  2. Be ready. All teens are going to display disrespectful behavior for time to time. Before they ever do, decide how you are going to handle it, especially if you do not want the situation to escalate into a full-blown fight. The best thing to do with disrespectful teenagers is to shut the situation down as quickly as possible. Tell your child your limits and then leave the situation.
  3. Don’t turn the situation into a power struggle. One of the benefits of just telling disrespectful teenagers that they crossed a line and then shutting down the situation (often by leaving), is that there is no opportunity for the child to flex their own muscles. Your teen knows how to bait you into a fight. You can take the power back by simply refusing to participate in the fight.
  4. Stay determined. Don’t give in and don’t give up. If you want the situation to change, it only will through persistence. Your teen should know that if they try to be disrespectful, they are not going to get very far—that way they won’t even try.
  5. Understand that this is your job. It is your job to teach your children how to behave. Allowing them to be disrespectful allows other problems to blossom as well. Getting a handle on the situation early will help your child be a better-adjusted individual.

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