Your Parenting Tone
Every parent has a tone that conveys to your child that you are being loving but firm. You are able to use this tone when you are calm and feel strongly about what you are communicating. You are not, however, capable of using this tone when you are overwhelmed, tired, or angry. When you try to use this tone at those times, you will sound mean instead of authoritative. Consequently, whatever message you are communicating will be lost.
Your parenting tone is a useful tool when used correctly. If you find that you are at a point of frustration with your child and you are not capable of using this tone, take a time-out and then give it a try. Do your best not to fall into a yelling and screaming mode. These methods simply do not work as forms of communication with your child. Yelling can even cause fear, which will close the lines of communication.