17 year old son does not respect me and curses at me

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Lori - posted on 10/04/2014

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I hope that he doesn't have any "freedom" to do anything. strict restriction. cell phones and car privileges disappear and he goes nowhere except school.

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Jodi - posted on 10/04/2014

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If my 17 year old did that to me, he's be taking care of himself for a VERY long time, no access to internet or phone, no driving him around anywhere, and locks on the food cupboards, because sorry, why should I do anything for him? But my 17 year old wouldn't speak to me like that because he KNOWS where that would get him (nowhere). Instead, we have developed a respectful relationship where he understands the things I do for him, and actually respects that. Unfortunately, that is a relationship developed over time, not overnight, so I think you have to have some tough love here. Whatever you do, DO NOT bite back. Always deal with it in a calm manner. If you also buy in to the conflict cycle, it will escalate.

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