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Why Yelling at Your Kids Doesn’t Work.

Generally, unless the house is on fire or some dangerous event will take place without a very loud warning, yelling is probably not necessary.

By
Cherylyn Feierabend
July 12, 2008
Episode #073

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I’ll never forget this one particular instance in my childhood. Our cat was a new mommy to several adorable little kittens. I don’t remember what we’d done wrong that day, but my dad was angry. He’d lined my brothers and me up in a row to yell at us about whatever rule one or all of us had broken that day. As he was yelling, the very curious kittens begin to climb him. I mean this in the most literal way. They ascended his legs and a couple even perched on his shoulders meowing with their tiny little voices the entire time. My dad was a tall and scary man when he was angered, yet my brothers and I could not suppress our giggles. I doubt that any of us remembers what we were in trouble for that day, but I always remember the incident when my children laugh at me for yelling at them.

You heard me right. When I lose my temper, my kids laugh at me. They think it’s pretty funny when Mommy gets “all loud and noisy.” I think our kids are much more in tune with us than we realize. If I’m at the point where I’m actually yelling at them, it’s as though they know that I’m not really in control anymore. I wish I could say that I don’t ever yell, but I’m only human. I yell at my husband, my kids, and my deaf cat. They all pretty much respond the same way. They just look at me funny and wait for me to finish. I have yet to have a situation where yelling at someone in anger was ever the right action to take. Generally, unless the house is on fire or some dangerous event will take place without a very loud warning, yelling is probably not necessary.

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