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Yelling at Your Child Does More Harm than Good

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Yelling, like spanking, is a short-term solution that ultimately causes more harm than good.
Air Date: 7/16/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Kathleen Berchelmann, MD
Berchelmann-012Kathleen Berchelmann, M.D., is a pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, and an official spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Kathleen is the co-founder and director of ChildrensMD, a blog written by five dynamic mom-pediatricians who share their true confessions of trying to apply science and medicine to motherhood. Kathleen and her husband are raising five children.

Dr. Berchelmann is a frequent contributor to health and parenting TV news segments including Fox New’s Happening Now, with Jenna Lee and Jon Scott, and St. Louis stations KTVI (Fox) and KSDK (NBC).

Her written work has been featured in print and online publications including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Chicago Tribune, and TIME magazine. She has a weekly online question and answer forum on STLToday.com.
Yelling at Your Child Does More Harm than Good
As a parent, you probably know that you need to model the behavior you want to see in your children. 

That's not always easy, however, and you may end up yelling at your little one. Usually it’s because you're desperate, tired, frustrated, angry, and not sure what else to do.

But yelling, like spanking, is a short-term solution that ultimately causes more harm than good.

If you react to your child's "talking back" or misbehavior by exploding or losing your temper, he will respond with disobedience and disrespect. By contrast, he will become more obedient when you remain calm, cooperative and consistent.

In this segment of Healthy Children, Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann and Melanie Cole, MS, discuss how yelling at your children does more damage than good, as well as healthy ways to mitigate your own anger and frustration.
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