Child expert has explained why yelling at your children is the worst thing you can do if you’re trying to get them to listen to you.
Instead, parenting coach Tia Slightham advises whispering.
“If you want to stop yelling, this is a really great tip to help. Whisper, don’t yell,” she said.
“When you feel like you are going to explode, when you feel like you’re going to lose your mind because your kids are not doing what you want them to do, and you end up blowing up and exploding like that bubbling volcano, your kids don’t hear you.
“They just go into fear mode. Their cortisol levels increase, their stress increases and they go into fight or flight.
“So instead I want you to try this trick, I want you to whisper instead of yell.
“When you feel like you’re going to explode, take a deep breath and say it quietly.”
Tia added that upon hearing you whisper, your kids will be “intrigued” and actually “listen” – meaning you’ll feel “so much better as a parent with way less parenting guilt”.