WMDT 47 News - We're of the generation where spanking is debatable as discipline and the time-out chair is increasingly popular. But what about yelling?
According to a new study, yelling at children may be as harmful as hitting. Researchers found children who were frequently yelled at or cursed at, suffered even if the rest of the parent-child relationship was warm and stable. The effects of negative language were not as visible as physical abuse to the average person, but the problems were more emotional and behavioral.
Local psychologist Doctor Leslie Donnelly agrees that yelling is not a good method of discipline. So what is?
"Consequences. Somebody has to be calm, be the adult, and you have concrete consequences. So when they don't do something you want them to do, they either have something that they want taken away, or something that they don't want added," she said.
Dr. Donnelly also says that it's important that parents follow through with the consequences they give their children.