First time preteen parent here! We have had a very testing weekend with our DS - he is extremely angry at the moment (doesn't seem to be any reason for it), defiant and so rude - so, the usual preteen joy. But he also seems unable to accept no for an answer; challenges everything we say repeatedly, like a toddler. It's been a horrible few days with endless shouting. Just wondering if anyone has any top tips for dealing with this and if there are any books people can recommend? Thank you!
123 magic (Amazon) is a great book for teaching you how to avoid letting kids manipulate you into arguments and endless negotiations. It has specific examples of how to nip situations in the bud before it becomes a full blown scene.