When Kids Don’t Listen and Follow Instructions

Brandon is nine years old. When his mom gives him an instruction he often turns it into a discussion. He asks why he has to do it and offers ideas about why the task isn’t important anyway. Mom finds herself explaining, arguing, and nagging.

Jenny is thirteen years old and has a similar problem when her parents tell her that she can’t go to the party on Friday night, or can’t go to her friend’s house, or can’t have more computer time. Jenny has a hard time accepting no as an answer and proceeds to use dialogue to manipulate her parents or make them feel guilty.
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