Melissa - posted on 09/04/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )
One of my closest friends has a little boy who is a few weeks younger than my son (mine born in May 2009, hers born in June). We've always been able to talk about everything, except her son because she gets really defensive. I know that every child is different, but for about the last year and a half, her son has been doing this horrible high-pitched scream/screech/squeal thing that is absolutely ear piercing! I'll ask her if her son's okay, hungry, tired, etc., and she can somehow differentiate between the screeches to decipher what mood he's in. My problem is that it's getting really hard for me to go in public with her, or even hang out at our homes. In public, I receive filthy looks and he's not even my child, not to mention I get embarrassed. I'm not saying my son is a perfect angel, but my son knows the difference between inside/outside voices.
My son also talks more than hers, so maybe the squeals are his way of communicating? I was trying to tell my friend about early intervention services, but she got really upset with me.
What should I do? I love my friend, but I'm worried that her son is only still babbling and screeching to communicate -- How do I offer her advice as a friend without her continuing to get mad at me? Do I just leave it alone? Is screeching to communicate normal and I'm just being insensitive?