An Earful of Damage

The way you discipline your teenagers can have a direct impact on their health. And really, yours too.

Teens are more likely to suffer depression, physical ailments, and negative behaviors like anger and vandalism … if they live in a home where harsh verbal discipline is the norm.

A new study shows parents that regularly yell, swear, shout, and call their teens insulting names, aren’t doing anyone any good. As a disciplinary measure, it’s destructive. And it wreaks havoc on a teen’s mental, emotional, and physical health—which can have long term consequences.

If your temper chronically gets the best of you, you’re putting yourself at risk for a long list of health complications too—and robbing yourself of joy.

Of course, any disciplinary measure carried to the extreme can harm a child, but ones that balance love and limits are much more effective—for everyone.

 Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

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