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Research indicates it's good to let your kids talk back. You agree? Disagree? Chime in.


You're probably looking at the question and thinking, 'Wait, it's OK to have my kid talk back to me?"

Not completely.

Researchers from the University of Virginia indicates teens should be rewarded when arguing calmly and persuasively and not when they indulge in yelling, whining, threats or insults.


The findings come from the journal Child Development and psychologist Joseph P. Allen, who headed the study.

According to an article on NPR, Allen says, "We tell parents to think of those arguments not as nuisance but as a critical training ground. Such arguments, he says, are actually mini life lessons in how to disagree — a necessary skill later on in life with partners, friends and colleagues on the job."

So our question is: Should kids be encouraged to talk back? Why or why not?

Join us as we take a look at a question which revolves around the daily issues Lake Forest and Lake Bluff parents confront in raising their kids.

This is an opportunity to not only give your own sage advice, but pose questions to the group who may have been there and done that.

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If you have an idea for a future Mom's Talk question, e-mail the editor, Jim Powers, at james.powers@patch.com

Your participation is greatly encouraged and appreciated.

Robin Bermel February 01, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I agree with letting my children "talk back", and teaching them how to do it respectfully. I don't want my children to believe what I do simply "because I said so!" I hope that they wrestle with life's issues and challenge arguements before making decisions.


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