It is no secret that teens can be disrespectful to their parents. For some parents, instances of disrespect may not seem like a big deal, but this issue can grow into a very serious problem as kids reach the teen years.
So what should parents do when they face disrespect from teens? Well, parents can begin by disciplining their kids for this behavior and explaining why it will not be tolerated.
How Parents Can Plead the Fifth When Faced With Disrespect from Teens
Has your teen been disrespecting you by talking back or ignoring the standards that you have set for your household? Is it possible that you permitted this type of behavior when your child was younger? Now that your child is a teen, he or she may have learned that you rarely give any consequences for disrespect. Disrespect should never be overlooked by parents, and it definitely should not be considered normal.
I suggest that parents should “plead the fifth.” You may be thinking I mean the Fifth Amendment, but, I am actually suggesting that parents plead the Fifth Commandment. This is God’s command that we ought to honor our fathers and mothers. When parents notice disrespectful behaviors beginning to form in their teens, they should immediately remind their kids that they are breaking God’s Fifth Commandment—the first of the Ten Commandments that deals with relationships between two people. Parents must help their kids remember that they are forfeiting the blessings of God when they break His commandments. After this, if it is necessary, parents should not neglect discipline when their kids show disrespect.
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