Pop Quiz: How Do You Break The Toddler Screaming Habit?

FTD and I are at our wits end with the wild-child's screaming.

He screams all day.


So Loud, FTD thinks he has hearing loss.

I am sure I have too. I am also sure my kid knows better, since he says, "no screaming" in a wisper tone before screaming his brains out. Whether he is scream-talking, scream-singing, or my personal favorite (Read: makes me want to dig a hole and bury my head in it), scream-screaming it's loud, obnoxious and officially out of hand!

It's like this, only multiplied by one-million and two--Both sound and frequency.

We have tried everything, from telling him "No Screaming" in a stern voice, to time-outs, to ignoring it.  NOTHING is working.

My friends, FTD and I desperately need your help. If you have any tips or methods to stop the screaming habit, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share them!  Or if this is a phase he is soon to grow out of, please tell me that.  I need something right now. Any glimmer of hope will do.  It's awful.

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Mrs. Loquacious said...

Quiet contests and candy prizes.

Kim Seghers said...

My little boy use to do this all the time. It drove us nuts! I started talking in a whispering voice and told him to use his quiet voice. I use to show him inside voice indoors then step outside and showed him that he could use outside voice only when we were alone outdoors at home . Sometimes when he felt like screaming indoors he had a screaming corner in his bedroom or closet...only. I also, had his ears checked and he had fluid behind his ears often. He's still loud but doesn't scream we also watch our tones. Good luck ...hope this helps hang in there it gets better!

Kim from This Ole Mom

Kristen Mae of Abandoning Pretense said...

1) When he's screaming, whisper. He MIGHT quiet down so he can hear you. Whisper stories, whisper about fun things, whisper about what's for dinner, whisper about a funny thing you see outside the window... he MIGHT catch on and think it's fun. But he might not, and in that case -

2) Distract him with a "very important" task. A very important quiet task. Changing the hand-towel in the bathroom, something like that.

3) Keep him busy! The more occupied he is, the less likely he is to scream. Puzzles and thinking games that force him to concentrate are best.

Hope those help!

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

I'm first instinct is to say, yeah, no. My kid will scream for the candy. But, it's certainly worth a try! Thank you Mrs L!

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

Just in via email, "mimick the scream!" I kind of like it! God knows I want to scream too anyway...

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

Love this list! I have to admit, he screams the most in his high chair and car seat--two places he gets bored. Thank you!

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

Love this! Thanks, Kim!

April McCormick said...

Just in via Email. Ignore him, mimic him or lock yourself in the bathroom and say, "There's no place like not home."

I'm thinking ALL of the above sound great!