Q&A: My Teen Has a Bad Attitude!

Teen parenting expert Rosalind Wiseman on how to fix your teenager's terrible manners, including sighing and eye-rolling.

Q. How can I control my 14-year-old's bad attitude? She's driving me crazy.

A. Being a teen isn't an excuse for bad manners. But don't react with typical mom comments like, "Don't use that tone with me, young lady," which will push her buttons, and she'll stop hearing you. Instead, tell her that if she's having a problem, you will listen (and she may get what she wants) if she expresses herself without the sighs, eye-rolling, etc.

Originally published in the July 2007 issue of Family Circle magazine.