Caitlin - posted on 09/13/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
I really need help - I haven't been this frustrated in a while..
I just had to go back to work, when originally I should have been able to stay home for another 6 months with the kids, but things never go as planned I guess. Well, at least when i'm at work, my husband is home with the girls, so it's not so bad, and this problem isn't related to that at all, just that i'm more stressed than usual, so this get son my nerves more.
Kayla (22 months) has discovered the true potential of her voice.. all the time. She is incredibly loud all of a sudden, and all the time. She seems to like the instant reaction to her it gets, she likes it when I shush her or when I turn to her right away. It's so loud, I have a headache almost all the time and because i'm running on less sleep, it's really hard (2 kids, working full time and studying at university). On top of it all, Zoe (6 months) is at the squeaking stage, and she loves making her noises, so now I have 2 incredibly loud kids at once. I know the baby can't control her volume, so it's not so hard, but Kayla just drives me nuts, she'll be extra loud while the baby is napping, or pretty much any time, maybe it just seems louder then.
How do you teach indoor voice.. what is an appropriate way to teach this, everything i've tried doesn't work. I tried explaining it, or saying "shhh, baby sleeping" i've tried re-directing (she just does whatever that is loudly), i've tried time outs (she'll just scream for a very long time), i've tried choosing quiet things to do, like colouring or reading, but she usually wont have any of it. She almost caused a car accident the other day when I was driving everything was quiet and then all of a sudden she shrieked at the top of her lungs, and I swerved, thankg oodness there was no other car there. Nothing seems to work and i'm at my wits end!