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How to deal with rebellious kids

Posted at 11:23 AM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 13:23:26-05

The Child Whisperer Carol Tuttle talks about what to do when your child acts rebellious.

Steps to take when your child rebels:

  • Stay calm, disciplining with anger will push them further away.
  • Rather than focusing on correcting the behavior, focus on getting to know your child.
  • Learn their energy type in Carol's book The Child Whisperer. Most likely a child is rebelling in an effort to stay true to themselves and be their own person. They may feel they are lost in complying to a parent.
  • Listen. Reflective listening is an important skill that will help your child feel understood and open up more. One of the most important phrases a parent can say is, "tell me more".
  • If their rebellious behavior is unsafe or illegal, seek out professional help to guide you. Some things are over our head and we need both emotional and practical support as parents.