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My 7-year-old son has a habit of expressing his frustration, questioning me, or complaining about what I've told him to do or said “no” to.

He asks, “Why not?” and I answer simply, “Because I said so”, but he proceeds to walk away saying things like, "I don't know what the big deal is," etc. He also does this at school when the teacher tells him to do (or not do) something.

Do I ignore the things he says or give him a consequence for it? Should it be the Ticket Method for a target behavior?

He used to have an expressive delay and was in speech therapy. Is it possible that I am using this as an excuse and am enabling his behavior so now he expresses everything as though the “mind voice” is out loud instead of quiet?

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