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Screaming at Your Misbehaving Teen May Backfire

Yelling at Kids

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  • A study of 13-year-olds found that the effects of harsh verbal punishment may be just as harmful to kids as physical discipline
  • When parents used harsh verbal discipline, the children were more likely to continue their misbehavior and demonstrate depressive symptoms and behavioral problems such as vandalism or anti-social and aggressive behavior
  • Experts recommend that parents communicate with their children on an equal level, and explain the reasons for consequences or concerns about their behaviors calmly

By Dr. Mercola

Most parents have raised their voices when disciplining their children, but new research suggest that doing so – especially if it involves shouting, cursing or using insults – may be counterproductive and end up making your child more disobedient.


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