How does it come about? As I said before, most often a severe case of "talking back" evolves from jesting responses when a child doesn't really want to do something, but they're going to do it anyways. These comments include: "I'm not going to." "You can't make me." "I don't care." "I don't want to." Etc. I could list numerous counts of talking back, but I don't want to bore y'all.
When is it addressed? Occasionally a child has a genuine slip of the tongue and something pops out that they honestly didn't mean to say. It happens to everyone. If your child slips up only once or twice, don't worry too much about a bad habit being formed. If, on the other hand, your child begins retorting to your every instruction, you need to take action immediately.
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Talking back is an easy habit to pick up and a hard one to stop. If it runs rampant and unchecked, your child will (most likely) grow up into a sarcastic person with no respect whatsoever for authority of any kind. And we all know that an attitude of this kind will never help them succeed in the real world. Deal with the problem now, regardless of the trouble you will inevitably have. You'll thank yourself and bless your children tenfold at least.