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Teen Disrespect Is A Symptom

Thursday, July 15, 2010 @ 03:07 AM Karen Hood

When respect is stepped on by either the parent or the teenager, chaos will reign in the home.
Disrespect is difficult to get under control, and it tends to spread throughout the family if it is allowed to continue. That’s why I tell parents to deal immediately and decisively with all forms of disrespect.
The first step is to be sure you maintain a respectful attitude yourself, even as you deal with their disrespect. Then get the harsh words, door slamming and threats under control by applying steep consequences.
Keep in mind that disrespect is a symptom of a deeper relational problem, not the problem itself. So begin to work on the relationship. Something has gone awry that only you can solve.

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