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8 Things to Try Before Yelling

8 Things to Try Before Yelling

Hey pandemic parents, ⁣⁣
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What else would you add?⁣⁣
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Yelling is something many parents struggle with and wish they did less of. Why do we yell? Here’s a few possible reasons:⁣⁣
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Old patterns⁣⁣
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Last resort⁣⁣
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Exhaustion⁣⁣
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Overwhelmed⁣⁣
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Unprocessed emotions⁣⁣
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If we are prone to yelling and our child is not responding, it’s possible they’ve developed a defense against it in order to protect themselves. If there is no imminent danger, before you yell pause & notice what you're experiencing.⁣⁣
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Pause may look like closing your eyes, taking an exaggerated deep breath (exhalation being longer than the inhalation), or walking away. -

“I see the drawing on the wall and I’m experiencing some big feelings, I need a break. I will be right back.”⁣⁣
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Then notice what you’re experiencing. ⁣⁣
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If you’re overwhelmed because your child has destroyed the room - that makes sense.⁣⁣
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If you’re angry because your children keep fighting - that makes sense.⁣⁣
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As we make sense of our own experiences we can return to our child and ask a question rather than yell. Or we may reflect on how we would have liked to have been approached when we were little in a similar situation.⁣⁣
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Remember to care for yourselves, even if it means three minutes of deep breathing in the morning while you sit alone in the bathroom!⁣⁣

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