10 Reasons You Should Never Yell at Your Kids

Big Kid 40

Our mom yells a lot. To wake up, to stop fighting, to put on our shoes already. And it's not that we don't deserve it ... because we do, it's just that it's not all that effective. Like, at all.

With some help from my brother and sister, we've come up with a list of why parents should never yell at their kids. We hope she reads it and realizes how very wise we are. 

1. It's annoying. The sound of you yelling at us to get out of bed is like nails on a chalkboard to us. It doesn't inspire us to move, it just makes us cover our ears to end the horrific noise. Sure, we didn't wake up the first 542 times you tried, but yelling isn't going to make us move. Why? Because it's early and we're tired, dammit. And no we don't want to hear that we stayed up too late the night before. We know.

2. It's embarrassing to be disciplined. It's bad enough when you reprimand us when nobody is around, but when our friends hear you yell at us, we want to move to a new town and make all new friends because they're never going to forget that sound and it's probably going in our high school yearbooks. 

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3. It's embarrassing to be loved. It's not better when you yell out of the car window, "Eat your whole lunch, I loooooooove you!!" We're aware that you love us because you tell us a million times a day. The whole carpool line doesn't need to know it, too, thank you very much. 

4. You're going to hurt your throat. Just looking out for you!

5. The neighbors hear you. Remember that time we were running around naked like wild animals and you yelled, "Get your naked tushes in the bath now or you're going to school naked tomorrow!!" and then we realized the windows were wide open and all of the neighbors grilling outside heard everything you said? We bet they remember, too. 

6. We secretly recorded you yelling once with your iPhone. (And it was not flattering.) Don't think you're the only one who can play that game. 

7. It's funny. Ask daddy. The sound of you yelling, as annoying as it is, is also really, really funny. And we know you don't appreciate when we burst out laughing at you when you yell, but we just can't help it. In fact, nothing brings us siblings closer.

8. You don't let us yell at you, so it's just not fair. Haven't you ever heard "treat others as you would like to be treated"?

9. It doesn't work. Perhaps instead of spending so much energy on yelling at us, you could focus your energies elsewhere. Like making us a hot breakfast for a change. 

10. We've become immune to it. Your yelling doesn't scare us anymore, at all. Neither does "the look" you like to shoot us. You ought to just accept that we're the ones in control here and we'll all be happier. 


The moms at The Stir desperately needed a day off so we decided to let our kids help us write The Stir today -- find out more about them in their blogger profiles and see what they are writing about at Kids Takeover. Happy April Fools! :)

Image via Scary Mommy. (We hate when our mom makes us smile for pictures, so we do it as infrequently as possible.)

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nonmember avatar MammaMel

this made my day!

gabe05 gabe05

Okay, I agree with this article too.  Perhaps the kids should keep writing for The Stir.  Those are ten excellent reasons for parents to stop yelling!  (Except the sound funny one.  I hope I don't sound funny.)

jalaz77 jalaz77

Cute!! I will raise my voice until the kids use their ears! I hate yelling and feel I do it too often but dang there are times they just don't listen.

insei... inseineangel

Lol, I'm loving these articles, they're hilarious.

Can we just have the kids keep writing from now on? 

super... supermeof3

I'm not much of a yeller, and I don't like yelling...but reading a child write that it's "embarrasing to be disciplined"...makes me want to say, "tough crap".   If you behave properly, you won't have to be disciplined.  When did it start to become wrong to discipline our children???   ...and the statment, "you don't let us yell at you", well, that's just called showing respect.  I believe in showing your child respect also, but I was raised in a time when you respected adults....and, no, you may not yell at them period.

Jen King

There needs to be a top 10 reasons kids should listen list..And the cuteness went out the window when I saw cursing in it..If kids did write this, the parents already failed and yelling won't help..

Maske... MaskedMomma

I recently started this to help me not yell https://www.facebook.com/TheOrangeRhino?ref=ts&fref=ts    and I also made a lot of orange jewelry to remind me which I'll be putting up on my fb page & shop soon  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Treasured-Perfections/260184617449160

Mazie... Mazie0723

When my kids decide to listen after me telling them once then I'll stop yelling.

Holly Cassidy Elliott

Amen Mazie! Or even after the 2nd or 3rd time! The 4th time is definitely going to come out loud!

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