1. Stay Calm When Your Johnny Is Insolent.
Let's say your thirteen-year-old Johnny is changing from an easy-going child to becoming a rude teen when you ask him to clean up his mess in the kitchen. "Why do not you do it?" he sneers. "It's your kitchen."
Avoid getting swallowed alive in an argument. If you do, you may drown in your own sea of disrespectful words, regret your behavior, and end up feeling guilty. Remember, many kids will go to any lengths to argument their case. Be philosophical. Separate yourself from the problem. See insolence as your child's problem, not yours. But how can you separate from your child's behavior?
It would be easier to yell, "Stop being so rude! What's the matter with you?"
Hold your tongue.
Ask yourself, "How can I stay in control of my emotions, think clearly, and have an output that is good for both of us?" When you have that answer, you'll be closer to solving the problem.
2. Use Silence and Give Yourself Time to Deal with the Disrespect.
You might say something like, "Johnny, stop!" Please talk to me in a respectful way. "If you do, speak with calm authority. Use your serious parenting look. Then be silent and wait for Johnny to speak to you with civility.
In most situations, you do not need to react right away. Say, "I need time to think. I'll let you know when I'm ready to talk with you."
Silence can be a powerful way to start handling problems because it keeps your child wondering what you're going to do. Silence also helps you collect your thoughts, decide what to say next, and how to say it. Now that you've collected your thoughts, what could you say to Johnny?
3. Speak to Your Child with Authority and Be Brief.
Avoid shaving your child with lots of reasons why Johnny is wrong and you are right. Sooner or later he'll figure out how to twist one of your minor points against you. Your best ideas will be lost. Pick out one or two ideas that say exactly what you want to say. Keep it short.
"Johnny when you insult me with your tone, I feel angry. If you continue to speak to me with disrespect, I will not take you and your friends to the movies this Saturday."
The consequences could be anything you know Johnny wants like his favorite TV shows, computer time, video games, or something else. It's important to be consistent and follow through with your consequences. If you say it, you must do it. Following through with penalties buildings character. Otherwise, Johnny will know your backbone is just a wishbone.
4. Do not Expect a Happy Ending to Every Problem.
Sometimes your child will need to experience your backalone several times before realizing you mean what you say. If Johnny has been acting disrespectfully for a long time, it will take many experiences to correct his behavior.
5. Encourage Respect by Complimenting It.
Develop the mind-set of noticing Johnny's respectful tones and words. Even tweens and teens like to be appreciated for their efforts. Here are some examples:
. "Johnny, I like how nicely you spoke to me in front of your friends."
. "Johnny, I noticed how your brother smoked when you congratulated him on his grades."
. "Thanks for cleaning the kitchen so cheerfully."
Do not miss any opportunity to praise him. Be honest, specific, and completely positive. After thinking and speaking with calm authority, praise is the best way to turn him around.
Conclusions for Stopping Disrespect and Encourage Respect
Strengthen your backbone with calm clear thinking. Make good use of silence. Pick only one or two points to make clear. When you're ready to speak, keep it brief. Give consequences and follow through. Compliment your child's good behavior whenever you see it. If you do, you'll be building character and getting the esteem you deserve.
Source by Jean Tracy