Madeline Levine: When your child says, “I hate you!”

"Disagreement is tolerated. Disrespect is not," says psychologist Madeline Levine. Here's her advice on what to do when your child utters these dagger-to-the-heart words.

See what other parenting experts say about responding when your child uses the “h” word — against you.

Christine CarterChristine Carter: “Try not to escalate an already dramatic situation.”

John DuffyJohn Duffy: “Usually when a child says this, they mean something different.”

Erica ReischerErica Reischer: “There’s a big difference between feelings and behavior.”

Richard WeissbourdRichard Weissbourd: “Be your child’s teacher, not their BFF.”


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