We aren't supposed to yell at our children, but most parents do. For most of us, it's a reaction to a moment of frustration. And a lot of us feel bad afterward.
So how do we learn not to yell at our children? There are lots of tips out there, but you have to find the one that works best for you. Common ones include:
- An age check. Sometimes you can reset your expectation of your child's abilities by saying "What are you, six?" to remind yourself that you may be asking too much.
- Counting to 10. It's never worked for me, but maybe I count too fast.
- Walking away. This one works well if your child doesn't follow you.
Does this work every time? No. But like most things about parenthood, it's a work in progress.
What are your tips for not yelling at your child? Share them in the comments.