Ungrateful Child? 7 Holiday Gaffes and How to Deal

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The Smart Mouth

You know the drill: Grandpa asks your child to help set the table and she shoots back a reply so scathing that it could light a yule log. Where did that come from? Resist the urge to giggle or ask, "Where did you learn to talk like that?" and face the issue head-on. Parenting author Tara Kennedy-Kline suggests a straightforward approach. In cases of a child being downright rude, stop whatever you're doing and tell your child, "That was not acceptable behavior and I'm not willing to let you treat people that way. We are going to try that again so you can show me you know how to be a good friend."