What the Bible Says About Dealing With Your Mouthy Teenage Daughter
What should you do with your princess?
“Mouthing off is your teen girl's dysfunctional way of trying to be heard,” writes Blau. “You can teach her that she'll actually be heard much more effectively when she communicates in a healthier way. Show her that you're genuinely interested in learning her perspective, feelings and opinions. You might say, ‘I'm interested in hearing why you need to stay out past your curfew on Saturday night.’ This way, she'll learn to put her feelings into words more skillfully. Show that you respect her desire for autonomy by working with her and being open to compromise. By remaining flexible, you demonstrate that you're willing to honor her needs while still setting limits. You might say, ‘OK, you can stay out an extra hour past your curfew, but that's it.’”