Many parents feel that all they do is scream at their children. They feel their home would be happier if they could find another way to communicate.
These adults say they feel embarrassed to admit that they scream at home. They do not want to scream at their children, but find themselves screaming when children do not come when they are called, or when they’ve left a disaster area somewhere in the house. You can fill in the blank with what sets you off.
Parents can feel disrespected, taken for granted or ignored by their children. Under duress, we all find ourselves “losing it” at times. Maybe your parents were screamers too, and you revert to their behavior without thinking, when you feel especially upset. Sometimes adults are trying to let their children know that they are “fed up.” Unfortunately your children are probably not getting that message. They think you just had another bad day at work. If you frequently scream, your family may ignore you until the volume or intensity reaches a certain level, and then they will move.
Here are some steps that can help you give up the screaming habit.
Remember: If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always gotten!
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