One simple reason why screaming at children is not effective
I can still remember well what I thought as a child. My parents didn’t scream at me, but they did yell, and I can remember how I felt when they did. And that very easily translates to how a child would respond to screaming.
It was quite simple: The more they yelled, the less I complied.
I’d already be trying to hurry up and get ready, but with NVLD, executive functioning and time management are huge challenges. I rushed around and tried and tried, but still ran late. My parents would yell.
Did their yelling make me hurry up? Heck, no: I moved SLOWER out of resentment. After all, I was already doing my best to be on time, but treated like I was being deliberately slow. So might as well be slow, if you’re going to be treated that way anyway.
If my husband comes to me respectfully with a problem, we can resolve it peacefully. But if he yells at me instead? Heck, no! All yelling does is make me resentful. It does NOT make me comply.
When Richard and Tracy criticized and punished me for being quiet and shy, I did not turn into the life of the party. When they decided to use yelling, cussing and screaming to get me to comply, I slammed the door on their friendship.
When people yell at me or criticize me for being quiet and shy, I become EVEN QUIETER and more reserved. I noted this way back in 1998.
This is how I respond to not being treated with respect.
And you can be sure children are responding the same way. THIS is why yelling/screaming is counterproductive.