Look – there’s no need to yell!

The Tale of the Orange Rhino …
by Tracy Carter

YELLING! It’s something nearly all parents resort to at least some of the time … and, in many homes, most of the time. But do we ever stop and ask ourselves: Is yelling good? Does it actually work? And what effect does it have on the yeller – and the yellee? Well, recent studies show that yelling at children can be just as harmful to their emotional wellbeing as physical violence. Yelling raises cortisol levels (the stress hormone) – and kids who are regularly yelled at suffer from higher rates of anxiety and depression. They display greater levels of aggression than those whose parents keep their cool.
But it affects the yeller too …

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