If your child knows how to talk, odds are they’ve talked back to you before. We tell our kids to do something and they ask, “Why?” So we say, “Because I said so.” And they disrespectfully refuse. When this happens, our natural response is to engage in a sort of verbal volleyball with our kids. We go back and forth, without ever resolving the issue. On today’s show, my wife, Susan, and I will be discussing how to react when our children talk back. We’ll be sharing practical examples of how our kids tend to talk back,and what a wise response from us looks like.
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- When your child says, “That’s not fair!” You say, “I know it’s not fair, but that’s because you are unique.”
- When your child says, “Everyone else gets to do it!” You say, “We are making decisions that are best for YOU, not for everyone else.”
- When your child says, “You don’t trust me!” You say, “I do trust you, but I don’t trust the world.”
- When your child says, “I don’t have to do what you say!” You say, “No you don’t, but you know the consequences.”
- When your child says, “I hate you!” You say, “I understand you’re upset, but I will always love you.”
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