How to Deal With Rude Tween Behavior
Tweens are a funny bunch of kids. They struggle within themselves, trying to figure out who they are and what is going on with their bodies. All too often tweens tend to become aggressive, angry, and even repressed. Worse yet, they may display shocking and rude behavior that leaves you wondering what in the world happened to your sweet, innocent child.
If you are dealing with such behavior from your tween, here are some tips that will hopefully help you cope.
Offer A Compromise…Sometimes
As a parent, your top priority is your child’s well-being. But sometimes you just want to throw your hands in the air and scream. Sometimes you need to choose your battles. While you might not always agree with your tween’s newfound attitude, you might need to take a step back and offer a compromise. Show your tween that you aren’t always against him. Offer a truce and see if you can both come to an agreement.
Find Alternative Solutions
When you choose to compromise, that does not mean you have to relent on your family’s rules or regulations. If what you are doing isn’t working any more, then maybe you should consider taking an alternate route. Your tween is smart enough that she knows exactly what make you tick. When she drops a rotten attitude in your lap, find a different way to deal with her than you normally do.
Talk It Through
Your tween is going through a terribly uncomfortable time right now. Between trying to figure out who he is and all the changes his body is going through, there are days when he doesn’t know up from down. Peer pressure to be like or do things others are doing only leads to more attitude problems. Rather than counter your tween’s rude behavior with arguing or immediate punishment, try talking through it. Sometimes they are simply dealing with things they can’t grasp. They need you to bend your ear and make time to listen to and talk with them about important life issues they are struggling with.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2008 Hope Wilbanks