How do you handle a teenage boy without knocking his head off?

Nadia - posted on 11/07/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My oldest son is 11 and he has gotten to the point wher he mummbles under his breath and talks back alot. He picks fights with his younger siblings.

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not easy but keep in mind he is a little pieace of u and your loved one all rolled up in one package. growning up isnt easy and what he is doing is normal allow for early hormonal stages and allow him-her to express themselves. this is what most parents expierence. we are blessed to have kids but now we are being tested!!!

Jenny - posted on 11/07/2009

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Love and Logic! It is a class offered all around the country and often for free through your community. I highly recommend it.

Leanna - posted on 11/07/2009

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i do not have kids that old but. making a house rules list. then everytime. they do the things not toloerated then they get punished. they will learn .. but you must stick to it everytime. and if your kids does sports a stuff. you can also take games a stuff away. as a punishment for not behaving at home!

Jodi - posted on 11/07/2009

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I'd love to see some more posts on this one! My oldest son is 14 and we ask ourselves that same question often. Most recently, we have handled issues by taking away all privileges: cell phone, tv, out with friends, etc. He's earning each back slowly by learning the issues we're trying to teach them and applying them. For example, if he cleans out the dishwasher the first time he's asked, and does it consistently (or better yet, does it without being told), he gets his phone for 5 minutes. It's been a week, and he's been wonderful! I think as privileges get returned, he'll earn them back in increments to make sure the changes stick :)



(And of course, lots of prayer!!)

Jo - posted on 11/07/2009

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My son is only 9 year old but I take care of my nphew who is 12 year old and my niece 14 years old,. When they got on that stage (fighting a lot) hurting them physically or by words is not an option so what I do I am like a referee, asking each one of them what happened, sometimes when I am asking the other one, the other one will answer then the shouting is starting again so its a bit hard. But what we do I ask the father to spend sometime alone to each of them, then spend time with all of them, like in a park or wherever. It hepls them understand each other and form us also to understand them

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