I love being a Dad. I really do! That said, I am not the perfect parent. I would like to be. If I am being honest, I would like people to think I am. I truly desire to be the perfect Dad, but I know that I am not. There is only one perfect Father and He created us all. Like everyone else, I get tired. I get irritated. I lose my patience. I react when I should teach. I punish when I should hug. I ignore when I should deal, and I end up apologizing to my kids for my reactions far more than I would like to. All that to say, this post is as much, if not more, for me than for anyone else. Everywhere I write “you,” I read “I.”
SO, LET’S TALK ABOUT YELLING! I think most parents yell at their kids – whether they are willing to admit it or not. I also think that we, as parents, are very good at coming up with reasons and excuses for why we do yell at our kids. The point of this article is not to discuss whether or not you should yell at your kids or the long-term impact that yelling may have on their lives. No, this article is address yelling at a much more practical level than that. My contention here is that we shouldn’t yell at our kids simply because:
YELLING DOES NOT WORK!