Why Children Argue With Parents – Effective Ways To Stop

Do you remember how cute it was when your child first learned to talk? The first time they said “No!” in that cute little voice made you smile. Now that they are older, hearing the word “No!” is no longer cute, it’s frustrating. That age between the terrible twos and preteen years can be challenging. They want to cling to you for love and support but at the same time they want to establish their independence. As common as family conflict it, the questions remain: Why do children argue with their parents? How can children and parents stop arguing? What are the benefits of learning to resolve disagreements peacefully? Let’s find out!

Why Do Children Argue With Parents?

Children are constantly testing their boundaries. This it a normal part of life. So are disagreements between children and parents. To understand how children and parents can stop arguing with each other, you need to first understand why children argue. According to KidsHealth from Nemours, many children (69%) said they knew their parents were proud of them, others did not feel that way. They were more likely to argue with their parents because of this. This is only one reason why children argue with their parents. Based on that same article, about 20% of younger kids and 33% of older kids said they argued with their parents a great deal. Why is this?

Arguing gives your child power as they continue to test you. If you are a child or parent reading this, I’m sure you will agree with the following:

  • You are tired of fighting
  • Arguments will happen no matter the age or background
  • You want to reach a compromise everyone it happy with, but you don’t want to be the first to “give in”
  • You feel as if you are not being understood

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