Parenting Without Yelling
Parenting is intense, exhausting and incredibly emotional. There are times when we all yell at our kids. The problem is that yelling makes kids feel rejected, criticized and attacked which often leads to bad behaviour. Even more concerning – recent research indicates that parental warmth does not make up for the effects of harsh yelling. This doesn't mean that if you yell once you have damaged your child for life. All parents yell sometimes — everyone is human. The key is to make sure that yelling doesn’t get to be a consistent pattern. So, if you are feeling overwhelmed, rather than yelling, take a time-out. Tell your kids that you need a break, leave the room and take a few deep breaths. Discussing consequences with your kids ahead of time when everyone is calm can also help. Finally, empathy is critical. When your child has done something wrong, try to understand how they feel and let them know that you are trying. In the effort to avoid yelling, a little preplanning, some deep breaths and empathy can go a long way.
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