No matter how much you love your children, they're bound to push your buttons now and again. Allowing your children to assert themselves, while still teaching them to behave respectfully, is part of what it means to be a parent.
For younger children, this might mean things such as pelting snow balls at passing cars. For older kids, it might be urging your child to try drugs. Teach your child to resist peer pressure.
9. Show really unpredictable behavior
Every child is unpredictable at times. Watch out for kids who swing regularly from pole to pole. Something's wrong.
10. Speak disrespectfully to you
Let your kids' friends know that your house rules include speaking respectfully to adults.
Edward Hallowell, M.D., a psychiatrist in Sudbury, MA, and author of several books on parenting advises, "If a friend comes over and behaves badly, you have to intervene; then have a talk with your child about him. Parents often make the mistake of accommodating a friend's bad conduct for fear of hurting their child socially. But that can be a tacit endorsement."
Provide a solid reason for the unacceptable behavior you've observed. For example, "I noticed that whenever Sarah comes over, she always picks the games. Then when you want to do something else, she doesn't listen."
Parenting expert Christine Carter, Ph.D., author of "Raising Happiness," states: "Kids count on their parents to have high standards for their friendships; any child under 12 is not old enough to make these decisions solo."
Help your kids pick good friends
Encourage high standards in your home. Perhaps most importantly, make your house the kind of warm and welcoming environment where your kids and their friends want to come and hang out. Then you won't have to wonder where they are.