Letting Go of Control

“Parenting isn’t about control.

 

Parenting is about guidance.

 

Parenting is about structure, limits, and consistency.

 

Parenting is about empathy.

 

And, above all, parenting is about unconditional love.

 

Parenting isn’t about control.

 

But yelling is.

 

Yelling is a function of feeling a loss of control.

 

Yelling happens when stress is high and emotions are heated.

 

Yelling happens when we can’t seem to get what we want, and we feel like we are out of options.

 

Yelling is a last ditch effort to regain control of a situation.

 

Yelling won’t get your needs met…yelling will result in hurt feelings for your child…and yelling will leave you feeling horrible…”

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About Katie

Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and the forthcoming "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)