Lindsey - posted on 08/12/2015 ( 7 moms have responded )
What are some of the best ways to encourage a preteen/teen to be thoughtful and use their manners? My husband and I are having a tough time with our daughter. She is very sensitive lately to any correction and almost always has something rude to say back. Gentle reminders even are usually ignored. I don't want to sound extreme, but there are many times we can tell she is being manipulative on purpose, and she doesn't care how rude she appears. She turns her nose up at being a good person basically, like it doesn't matter. Something as simple as being reminded to chew with her mouth closed at dinner is met with the reply of: "You know, it really makes no difference. We are at home. It shouldn't matter what you do at home where no one sees you doing stuff. Plus how you eat is your personal business. You shouldn't watch how other people eat." It is driving us up the wall!