Advice on handling burps, farts and other obnoxious teen noises

What do you do if your child is making obnoxious noises constantly, such as burping or farting? Hear what author and parent educator Cynthia G. Whitham, LCSW has to say about putting a stop to this behavior.
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Advice on handling burps, farts and other obnoxious teen noises

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Parents, one of their biggest complaints; burping, farting, making obnoxious sounds, rolling their eyes, mumbling under their breath. Parents have one great weapon, and that is ignoring. Not easy, but so effective. What do you do to help you ignore? You break eye contact. You turn, maybe you can talk to somebody else or if there is nobody there, you pick lint. If you dress in dark colors, you can always find some lint. When they've stopped, you can look back and maybe even say, "I'm sorry, sweetie?" And see what happens. One of the things that I have found is when parents have tried this -- Let's say their child burps. If they have ignored it the last couple of times, you actually may get this; the burp, the ignore, and then the, "Sorry mom." Then you'll know it's working.

What do you do if your child is making obnoxious noises constantly, such as burping or farting? Hear what author and parent educator Cynthia G. Whitham, LCSW has to say about putting a stop to this behavior.

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Cynthia G. Whitham, LCSW

Director, UCLA Parenting & Children’s Friendship Program

Cynthia G. Whitham, LCSW, Director of the UCLA Parenting and Children’s Friendship Program, has been training parents for over 30 years. She is the author of two books, Win the Whining War & Other Skirmishes: A family peace plan, and The Answer is NO: Saying it & sticking to it, which have been translated into nine languages. In addition to her UCLA group classes, Ms. Whitham has a private practice on the east and west sides of Los Angeles. In 2000, she spent a month training clinicians at the National Institute of Mental Health of Japan. A lively speaker, Ms. Whitham does presentations and trainings for schools and organizations. Ms. Whitham raised two happy, healthy, and (relatively) well-behaved children (she thinks that may be the best credential of all). Daughter Miranda McLeod is a fiction author and is in a PhD program at Rutgers University. With sadness, Cynthia tells us that her son Kyle died in 2007, within months of graduating from San Francisco State University.

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