Should Parents Scream

I have to say that I was surprised to find that screaming is listed among the ineffective parenting roles in the Total Transformation Behavior Program. It’s not that I necessarily thought that screaming was that effective, but just that it seemed insignificant or irrelevant to me.

I remember years ago in a communications class talking about screaming from a communications research point of view. In that class, the consensus was that screaming was one style of communications that some people employ and that in and of itself, there was no value judgment on it, it could only be judged effective or ineffective communications if it got its point across and achieved the desired effect as the message was transferred from giver to receiver.

Accepting that definition, one must ask what message does a parent or other screamer want to get across?

If the idea is to convey anger and frustration, then screaming works quickly and effectively. (Special note on this: This only applies if screaming is sporadic and reserved for “special occasions.” If it becomes the dominant means of communications between two people, it loses its effectiveness or “shock value” as it becomes commonplace.)

Discover why James Lehman doesn’t advocate screaming in the Total Transformation System or read on for more of the blog author’s analysis and opinion on Screaming Parents.

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