I'm guessing all kids go through a bossy/sassy phase. Ours seems to be lasting for years.
But that's okay. I have a new plan.
When Brady says something in a bossy or sassy way, I try to stay calm, not react too terribly much and just say, "Why don't you rephrase that."
Almost immediately he will say it again in a much nicer way. I feel better too. Instead of getting frustrated, I just don't respond other than to say that same thing every time. And he gets a second chance.
This approach also works with things like running in the house or slamming a door. I tell him, please go back and do that again, this time in the proper/appropriate way. Nobody likes to do stuff over and over, so he starts to get it eventually.
Just a tip from the what-works-our-our-house bin :)
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