Respect parents day is on August 1. Parents need to teach and show children how to respect their parents. Unfortunately, it doesn't just come naturally when we're born. Children need guidance and can't do it alone.
Respecting parents means to listen to them, help them, and be kind. As children grow older, they try to have an identity of their own. Talking back or sass is very common especially as they enter the teenage years.
Here are some ways to help you manage when children talk back:
Keep calm - It's easy to be mad when a child talks back or sassy to you. You automatically feel disrespected and your feelings might be hurt. Your first response might be to yell. Yelling is proven not to do much but escalate the problem. Take a deep breath. Remain calm but firm. If out in public, tell your child the conversation is on pause until home or in car.
Figure out the problem - Age and hormones might be the root of sassy talk. However, there could be a bigger issue. Dig deeper to the situation. Are they feeling hurt, alone or afraid? Are there issues with school? Any friends issues?
Explain to them acceptable ways to talk - You probably will need to repeat these steps over and over. Tell him or her the right way to talk and respect adults especially parents. Model it and practice it daily.
Carry out consequences - If you warn with a consequence, follow through or your child will learn quickly you don't believe what you say.
Praise them when they are polite!