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Stopping the Back Talk

Bring out the heavy artillery continued...

The secret to making such punishments effective, says Kevin Leman, Ph.D., author of Have a New Kid by Friday, is to stick to your guns in the midst of begging and pleading. "See this as the very teachable moment it is, one that can make your kid understand the connection between disrespectful behavior and losing privileges," he says. Once that wisdom has sunk in, you're likely to have a kid who's much more pleasant to be around — now and for years to come.

Originally published on March 11, 2009

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