Here’s a good article that addresses a common statement of mine–parents allow their kids to rule the roost far too often in our culture, and that breeds problems systemically. A couple of paragraphs to give you a taste:
“Label respectful and disrespectful behavior for your child. Eye-rolling, heavy sighs, and body language should not be tolerated at home. Insist that your child listen to others’ viewpoints, and express his or her own views, with a thoughtful demeanor. Because the pop culture models sneering sarcasm and disrespect as the norm, it’s easy for our children to assume that the norm is acceptable.
The earlier you teach a child the right way to behave, the more likely they are to live that way throughout their lives.
Children’s TV shows and videos feature wisecracking adolescents whose one-liners and sarcastic comebacks dominate any conversation with adults. It seems the child always gets the last word.
That was called ‘backtalk’ when I grew up. ”
Click here to read the whole article: http://www.baptistpress.com/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=34048