When I was growing up, I was punished for back-talking my parents. When I was 18, I told my parents that I should never be punished for back-talking because that violates my right to free speech and freedom of expression. My parents responded that with rights come responsibilities, that I can't just say what I want without being held responsible. Thus, by punishing me, my parents were holding me responsible for the disrespect. We also discussed how you can get in trouble in other situations for saying the wrong thing, e.g., being held in contempt of court for getting smart-alecky with the judge. I've read other forums about kids being disrespectful to their parents and they said that the parents' home is not a democracy to their children, it's a dictatorship. So, if a mother forbids her child to drive when there's snow and the child protests the prohibition by cussing, the mother has a right to ground the child because the mother is the dictator and the child has no right to show disrespect. I'm sure you guys teach your children that your home is not a democracy to them. Now, what if the parents' home were a democracy and not a dictatorship? Do you think the kids would be more happy, or do you think that they would be spoiled and not learn responsibility?