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In general, parents react strongly to their children talking back at them and making nasty and cheeky remarks. This is a frequent complaint and reason for referral.
Backtalk is not uncommon, and there may be several underlying reasons why exhibiting this often-maddening behavior. It can stem from children trying to exert originality or control over their own life. After all, children are practicing independence.
Children may talk back in a power struggle over the type of food they want to eat, the clothes they want to wear, or how they want to spend their time.
They might have a problem and do not know how to express it appropriately. They may follow a social media influencer or watch a TV show where these behaviors are commonly displayed.
They may have friends who backtalk to their parents without any consequences. Or it could simply be because they are physically tired.
We often, but not always, see this type of behavior during late puberty and adolescence. At this stage, keep in mind your child may be trying to convince you to change your mind about a rule or demand.
At Healthy Connections, we advise caution not to give in under these circumstances. You may inadvertently reinforce disrespectful behavior.
Backtalk is an opportunity for parents and children to initiate a conversation about appropriate ways to request, express, and communicate needs and desires. A chance to learn and practice problem-solving, conflict management, and more.
At Healthy Connections, we will be honored to teach your child these essential life skills while uncovering the family dynamics sustaining these behaviors.
Even though backtalk can become a chronic behavior, it becomes easily treatable when given proven tools.
We, at Healthy Connections, believe that parents are instrumental in the wellbeing of the family. The earlier you equip your children, the easier it will be for you, and the better it is for any young person.
Triumph Steps is a proven program that helps your child understand the connection between thoughts and emotions. This understanding gives children self-ownership to develop new behaviors that can lead them to a more harmonious home environment.
Get the Triumph Steps Program in Your Home.
This effortless technique your children can use in the comfort of your own home will teach them to stay in touch with their true self, discover their own talents, and build the life they deserve. Your children will overcome limiting thoughts, fears, and anxieties, and develop the correct thought patterns from early on to avoid self-defeating behaviors in the future.