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Stop, look, listen. Stop yelling at your child. Look at your child. Listen to your child.

Kudos to Anya Sostek for her Sept. 16 article "Lower Your Voices, Mom and Dad: Pitt Study Cites Harmful Effects of Yelling at Teens." The article quoted Ming-Te Wang, the lead author of the study, who said, "Adolescents are really sensitive to language and judgment from other people."

Also, Sharon Randall's Sept. 16 Scripps Howard article "What Does It Really Take for Kids to Be Ready for School?" lists 20 items. Unfortunately she listed the most important item next to last (No. 19). It should be at the top of the list! "More than anything else ... they need someone to love them unconditionally, no matter what, regardless of their grades; someone to 'beam' at them; someone to light up when they walk into the room." This above all is the key to self-confidence and self-esteem.

Stop yelling, look and listen, and then give the great big Fred Rogers "I Love You Just the Way You Are" hug!

The writer is retired director of The Youth Learning Center, Shady Lane School and The University School.



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