the bold mouth

Kim - posted on 02/03/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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how do you get control over the mouth ?? I have a 13 year old who has just started with the snippy remarks. What is the best way to handle this

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Tanya - posted on 02/04/2009

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The Mouth starts younger and younger.  My 8 yr old picks a lot of it up from my 15 yr old and thinks she can get away with it.  Talking under their breath or as they walk out of the room.  Snooty comments really get me.  I will stop what I am doing and ask them to repeat what they just said again to my face.  Depending on how gutsy they are feeling, my youngest  usually get embarrased and appoligies right away.  I come right out and tell them that I will not be spoken to that way. 



And as Shelly said, start taking away those precious items that they can't live without.  No cell phone, computer, ipod for even a day can be very painful.  I have stripped my daughter room and taken everything over to a friend's place to hold for a week for me.  That bedroom door is pretty hard to live without as well.  It seems to get slammed alot when they start talking back, it's a little embarrassing to have your friend over when you have no door on your room. 



I will tell you I have resorted to tabasco sauce at one time when The Mouth just couldn't control itself.  Hang in there I found 13 was just still the beginning of it.

Shelly - posted on 02/04/2009

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Kim,



  you need to lay down the law that she is not allowed to speak to you like that and when she chooses to do so you take away the things she cherishes the most IE:cell phone computer time, time spent with friends, mp3 and so on...stop it now or you will be headed for even more of a head ache.  If that doesn't work then strip her room from every thing except her bed and dresser and remove the door from her room...Hope this helps we are going through it with our 15 yro son and boy when they can't go to thier room and hide from the world it's amazing how they figure out whats important....I will keep you in my prayers

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