Parenting Techniques

Research shows that yelling is not an effective parenting approach. Two parenting techniques that can minimize yelling are whispering and hovering. 

Parents tend to yell when issuing commands from a distance. The concept of whispering is to close the gap. If the parent’s face is right in front of the child’s face, this encourages a parent to whisper their request instead of yelling from a distance. Eye contact also helps compliance. 

The second technique is hovering, which means staying in the presence of the child until the task is complete. The very presence of the parent encourages children to complete the task so children can return to what they were doing. If the child negotiates to do a task at a certain time or after an event and doesn’t, hovering encourages them to complete the task by the second request.

Any parenting techniques that reduce yelling are good for the family.