Geralyn - posted on 03/04/2010 ( 39 moms have responded )
In "Toddlers," one mom posted that her one year old screams for no reason - like when he is playing with a toy or if she leaves the room, and she wanted advice. One mom posted the following response to the question to offer advice:
"My daughter used to run around screaming for no reason. It finally got out of hand and i got a spray bottle filled it with cold water and after about three times of getting sprayed in the face she stopped screaming. I only did it if she wasn't hurt or in distress otherwise that was the only way to let her know screaming wasn't allowed."
I cannot believe what I read! Her daughter isn't even 18 months now, and this was when she was younger! I remember when I was a kid, we raised dogs, and we were told to spray the dogs with a water bottle when they barked incessantly. This is so reminiscent of that! I am in shock that someone would spray their baby in the face with a water bottle! Our little ones learn to scream, they find their voices and test them out. Then in may develop into a form of communication. Its fine in my opinion to shape it and give them another way to communicate.... But punishment??? What??? What kind of a message does that send? Crazy... I don't even know how I respond, because I am sure that my knee jerk reaction would have been offensive....