Parents Corner

Are You a Yeller?


A lot of parents say that they are.

You ask the kids to do something. They don’t do it. You get louder. And louder, And louder. Until you are threatening to take their phone, iPad, or a privilege away from them.

Is it working for you?

We get locked into patterns of behaving and interacting, and frequently they don’t work, so we keep doing them.

Negative cycles lead to poor relationships, poor behaviour, conflict, and resentment. And what is the child learning from it?

Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Often, we only need to make a small change to change the outcome. What would happen if you didn’t yell? What else could you do to change the quality of the interaction? Put yourself in your child’s shoes, and ask yourself how you would like to be approached. What would you like your child to learn and how could you role model it?
Dare to be different.

Article Written + Submitted by

Narelle Smith | Family Practitioner




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