Rather than letting your teen draw you into an argument, just ignore him. Tell him you will talk with him when he can be polite.
• Whining. Say, “Sorry, my mind is made up.” Then walk away.
• Muttering and facial expressions. When your teen rolls his eyes, he wants you to call him on it. Then he has an excuse to continue to communicate his disgust. Don’t give it to him.
• Arguing, especially over past issues.
Never ignore behavior that:
• Creates a problem for another person. Some examples include damaging property, making someone late for an appointment, or causing someone serious worry.
• Breaks an established rule, such as not coming home when expected.
Establish consequences for these behaviors and enforce them consistently.
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