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How do I deal with a smart ass, mouthy 17 yr old boy (son) that thinks he knows everything?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Know your limits
This is an issue that likely requires some help.
Teens enter a period similar to the terrible twos, and some can deal with it and some not. I would encourage you to visit a family counselor, together and/or separately.An evaluation of the situation could identify an emerging emotional problem in the teen and help you both develop some coping skills to get through this period.

In brief: Know your limits
This is an issue that likely requires some help.
Teens enter a period similar to the terrible twos, and some can deal with it and some not. I would encourage you to visit a family counselor, together and/or separately.An evaluation of the situation could identify an emerging emotional problem in the teen and help you both develop some coping skills to get through this period.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Tejas Ozarkar
General Practice
In brief: Smart mouth
Assuming he is still in school, getting feedback from teachers, counselors, coworkers, etc is the first step.
If others agree that his behavior is distracting and making him non-functional, visit a primary care doc or psychiatrist. There are certainly disorders like anxiety, depression, or even oppositional defiance disorder that may be precipitating this behavior. Good luck!

In brief: Smart mouth
Assuming he is still in school, getting feedback from teachers, counselors, coworkers, etc is the first step.
If others agree that his behavior is distracting and making him non-functional, visit a primary care doc or psychiatrist. There are certainly disorders like anxiety, depression, or even oppositional defiance disorder that may be precipitating this behavior. Good luck!
Tejas Ozarkar
Tejas Ozarkar
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Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine
In brief: Mouthy kid
Tough call. Try setting up clear expectations.

In brief: Mouthy kid
Tough call. Try setting up clear expectations.
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