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Do you yell at your kids too much? Take the quiz to find out

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Parents are human, too, and sometimes we lose our patience and shout or snap at our loved ones. But how do you know if you’re yelling at your kids too much? Is it affecting the dynamic in the house, or even your kids’ development?

Not all yelling has the same effect. You won’t damage your kids if you occasionally raise your voice after asking them to put on their shoes for the 15th time.

But if you do feel like your overreactions due to anger, frustration, or stress have taken over your parenting more than they should, then how can you stop the negative cycle of yelling at your kids too much?

If you’re here, that means you’re taking the first important step toward self-awareness! You’re a loving parent who cares about your kids’ wellbeing, but we all need a little support sometimes.

Quiz: Find out if you’re yelling at your kids too much

Take the questionnaire below to become more aware of how often you yell and what kind of yelling you tend to do. Then use the results to see what you can do to manage your anger better as a parent.

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How often do you say something you end up feeling bad about (like an insult, curse, threat, or false promise) to your family out of anger or frustration?

Does your throat usually hurt after yelling or screaming at your kids?

How often have you felt like you actually scared your kids with your words, volume, or tone?

Do you ever apologize to your kids after raising your voice at them?

What’s your overall approach to discipline?

How often do you feel like you’ve said more negative things than positive things to your kids in a day?

How satisfied are you as a parent?

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Joanna Eng is a staff writer and digital content specialist at ParentsTogether. She lives with her wife and two kids in New York, where she loves to hike, try new foods, and check out way too many books from the library.