Is Yelling The New Spanking?

Dr. Dan Siegel on How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids

Jun 23, 2014, 08:04 ET from Kids in the House

LOS ANGELES, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Is yelling at your kids becoming the new, most popular form of discipline? The article "Psychological Aggression by American Parents," published in the Journal of Marriage and Family says, "By far the most frequent mode of physiological aggression was shouting, yelling, or screaming at a child." This study concluded that approximately 88% of parents have engaged in shouting, yelling or screaming at a child [at least once].

Dr. Dan Siegel offers his solution on how to stop yelling at your kids with this advice: "You can say, 'I'm going to start trying to understand the hot buttons that created this flipping out of state' … You will have your own hot buttons that you need to understand. And then once you understand that, you can know what it feels like when you're about to flip your lid."

A study out of the University of Pittsburgh says, "The use of harsh verbal discipline – defined as shouting, cursing, or using insults – may be just as detrimental to the long-term well-being of adolescents."

So, what can you do if you do yell at your child? Siegel says, "Be kind to yourself, because it's human to flip out… But if you flip your lid, get away from your child if you can so you can minimize the harm that's been done."

Watch Dr. Dan Siegel's full video for more tips on how to stop the cycle of yelling in your family.

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