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5 Negative Effects Of Yelling At Your Child—And Why You Should Stop Now

Are you one of those parents who yells at your children? Maybe it’s a reflex action to get them to behave, or maybe you’ve been told that yelling is the best way to discipline them. But is yelling the right way to handle a situation?

Research shows that yelling has negative effects on children. Yelling can cause your child to feel scared, ashamed, and angry. It can also lead to problems in the future, such as acting out or academic failure.

There are a few things that you can do to prevent yelling from happening. First, make sure that you understand the effects of yelling at your child. Second, try to be calm and logical when disciplining your child. Finally, praise your child when they behave, rather than yell.

It might seem like a tough decision, but in the long run, it will be better for your child if you stop yelling at them.

What are The Negative Effects Of Yelling At Your Child?

1. Making your child feel afraid or unsafe

Your child is probably wondering why you’re yelling at them. Yelling can have several negative effects on your child, including making them feel scared and insecure. It can also lead to problems with relationships and communication, as well as stress and anxiety in the future.

When you yell at your child, you are communicating to them they are wrong, or that they are not good enough. This type of yelling can cause them to feel afraid and frustrated, which can affect their emotional development.

In fact, research has shown that children who frequently experience negative emotions, such as anger and frustration, have more difficulty regulating their emotions and managing conflict. This can make it more difficult for them to establish healthy relationships, handle stress effectively, and cope with difficult situations in the future.

2. Destroying their self-esteem

When you yell at your children, you are communicating to them you do not value them and that their feelings do not matter. Yelling also often leads to anger and resentment, which can further damage the child’s sense of self-worth. This is because yelling undermines the child’s sense of self-efficacy and confidence, making it more difficult for them to succeed in school or in life.

Yelling at a child can have serious effects on their self-esteem. Children learn to associate negative emotions with themselves and may become fearful and insecure in the future when confronted with difficult situations. Yelling often disrupts healthy communication patterns, causing tension and conflict in the family.

3. Causing them to become aggressive or violent towards others

Studies have shown that children who are yelled at often become aggressive or violent towards others when they have disagreements or problems. This can lead to problems in their social lives and even the development of mental health problems later in life.

When parents yell at their children, they are creating an environment in which aggression and hostility are expected and rewarded. It sets a negative tone and encourages a lack of trust in adults. Yelling can also lead to physical aggression, as children try to push their parents away in order to escape the anger. 

4. Difficult communication & cooperation

It is difficult to communicate with children effectively, and even more so when emotions are involved. It can be especially challenging when one person is yelling and the other person either cannot or does not want to listen. This type of difficult communication can lead to a lack of cooperation from the child, which can frustrate for both parties.

The child may become resentful and resistant to your requests. He or she may also become anxious and withdraw from activities or communication altogether.

When communicating with children, it is important to consider their age, personality, and current state of mind. By doing so, it will be easier for all involved to get what they need and stay cooperative.

5. Decrease in your child’s cognitive abilities

Parents are often quick to yell at their children when they make a mistake, assuming that this will help to correct the behavior. However, research has shown that yelling can actually have negative effects on children’s cognitive abilities.

One study found that when mothers yelled at their children, their children had a decrease in their ability to solve problems and remember information. In addition, the study found that mothers who yelled were also more likely to report higher levels of stress in their lives. These findings suggest that yelling at your child may not be helpful in correcting poor behavior, but may instead lead to long-term stress and difficulties learning.

The research conducted by the University of Utah found that yelling at children has significant negative effects on cognitive ability. The study looked at data from over 1,000 children and found that those who were yelled at had lower scores in tests of memory, math skills, and problem solving. These effects were even greater for those who received more severe yelling.

Why Should You Stop Yelling At Your Child?

When you yell at a child, you are effectively putting yourself in a position of powerlessness. The child has already showed that they can cause havoc and disruption, so yelling only makes it easier for them to continue their behavior.

Your child sees they can get away with doing what they want, which can lead to further behavior issues and only make them feel more comfortable doing whatever they want to do. Yelling also communicates that the parent is afraid or not in control, which can have negative consequences down the road.

In conclusion, it is important for parents to be aware of the long-term effects that yelling may have on their children. Yelling can damage relationships and impair communication skills. Parents should try to use more respectful dialogue with their children in order to maintain healthy relationships and promote positive development.

If you are serious about stopping yelling at your child, then you should consider speaking to a therapist. Therapy can help you better understand why you are yelling, and can provide strategies for managing anger in future situations. The folks over at will be happy to help you. Click here to reach them.

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