Tips to handle teens’ bad attitudes

A poor attitude is a hallmark of teenagers, a CHOC Children’s pediatric psychologist tells CHOC Radio.

Dr. Mery Taylor recently stopped by Seacrest Studios to talk about why teens often have bad attitudes, and what parents can do to mitigate the effects of a dour disposition.

A teen’s bad attitude can be a product of self-absorption and egocentricity, Dr. Taylor explains. Teenagers are working to determine who they are and what they want to be. Thus, they are often uninterested in performing tasks and duties that will not directly benefit them.

Parents should talk to children about the importance of responsibility, and establish existing privileges as rewards for performing chores and duties, Dr. Taylor says.

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An Open, Honest Discussion Is Best To Ease Kids’ Fears

As the community continues to try to make sense of, and mourn the lives lost in the recent Seal Beach shooting, many parents may be left with questions about how to talk to their kids about such a tragic event and help them ease their fears.

In a recent Orange County Register article, Dr. Mery Taylor, pediatric psychologist at CHOC Children’s, addressed this topic and suggests talking openly with your children about what they’ve heard and how they feel, and assuring them that their feelings are normal. She recommends limiting their exposure to media coverage and answering their questions honestly and in an age-appropriate manner.

Parents should also watch for signs that their kids are distressed, irritable or aggressive. Read the full story.