Image by angel_shark via FlickrWith an older child, a certain amount of mouthiness is to be expected.
Just don't respond, or else say, "I know this is hard for you, I don't expect you to like it, but the family rule is..."
- David Walsh, PhD. No: Why Kids - of all Ages - Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It. Free Press, Toronto. 2007. pg 41
Teachers can use the same script but replace "family rule" with "class rule."