• K.C. Dreisbach, LMFT

What Should I Do When My Child Talks Back?

Today's question comes from K.P. in California, USA.

Q: "I have a 2-year-old at home and we have been using time-outs as our primary discipline method. Recently, he has started yelling or talking back sometimes when we scold him for things and I'm not always sure how to address it. Should I ignore the behavior or give him a time-out when he yells or talks back? Also, sometimes he yells while he's in his time-out. How do I discipline the yelling if he's doing it while he's already on time-out for something else?"

A: Hi K.P.! Thanks so much for reaching out. So many parents ask me these same questions in the therapy room, so you are not alone. You've asked me 2 questions, so let's look at them one at a time: