What Science Says About Parents Who Yell

Is yelling really as harmful as hitting?

Sarah Cottrell
6 min readJan 8, 2021

--

My house is very loud. As a parent of three kids, the volume in my home can crescendo up and down at a dizzying speed because my kids love to argue with each other. All of this amplified bickering inevitably leads to me losing my cool and yelling above the racket. I also yell because I get sick and tired of repeating the same directions half a dozen times to my kids, who flat out refuse to follow them. Mostly, I want them to hear me over their shouting matches so that I’m not repeating myself…

--

--

Sarah Cottrell

Writer + Editor | Slow Living + Science Nerd | Rep’d by Folio Lit | Follow my stories here: https://sarahcottrell.medium.com/membership