Our expert says:
This is very common as he is beginning to challenge and test boundaries. Many teens go through a phase where they distance themselves from adults and particularly parents, and rubbish everything they have to say. This is a very normal part of moving towards independence - a kind of testing the water.
This does not mean that boundaries should buckle when tested - its very important that age-appropriate boundaries be set - and you may need to to re-assess them as he gets older.
Avoid getting into these yes/no arguments he will always win at winding you up, but you can prevent it by not getting into it - unless he asks for his pocket money to which you can reply - "maybe yes, maybe no"! :)
Above all, step back and take a deep breath, these types of argument become very circular and waste a lot of family energy, but put in the boundaries where you need to in a consistent way with both parents in agreement.
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