1 year old screaming!

Angela - posted on 11/15/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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How do you stop a 1 year old from screaming? My daughter has just figured out she can scream and is using it frequently. Not a crying scream just a scream. She uses it when she is angry, frustrated, happy... just because.. and its driving me insane! I starte giving her a tap on the hand but all i did was teach her how to hit. Now she is starting to hit everything. She is turning into a terror!

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Toniee - posted on 08/28/2012

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My little boy is now 1 and hes exacly the same but his has been going on for 5 months!!!!! tried everything im at end of my feather i dont no what to do anymore. from getting up to going to bed thats all i hear scream scream scream!!!!!!

Theresa - posted on 11/15/2010

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My daughter went through that too. When she'd yell I'd just whisper very quietly to her "Oh that's too loud, it hurts my ears." She thought the whispering thing was cool and would whisper back. Don't know if it would work on all kids, or I just got lucky, but it's worth a try.

Hazel - posted on 11/18/2010

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You could just ignore it, by not bringing attention to it she may stop ? just an idea, good luck

Casey - posted on 11/15/2010

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It's hard when they find their lungs and they all go through that little stage where they scream and squeal, my son is 26 months old and still screams every now and then for no reason. Your best just to tell her very sternly "no" when she screams and then ignore her until she stops doing it, cause she is so young it's hard for them to understand much more then "no" but just be firm with her and then ignore her and hopefully she'll eventually learn that screaming is not going to get the reaction out of you that she was hoping for.
I also tapped my sons hand when he was about that age for doing "naughty "stuff and he started hitting back so I quickly learnt that hitting him was not doing him any good at all, she's probably already forgotten that you ever smacked her fingers but because she gets a reaction when she smacks you or someone else she keeps doing it, once again tell her no and then walk away and ignore her until she stops doing. Good luuck and hang in there shes just testing you :)

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CM - posted on 06/11/2014

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You should never hit a child for any reason. All it does is teach them that hitting is a solution when really hitting is nothing but a problem. If you don't know what to do, consult a parenting book or blog.

Britneylees - posted on 03/11/2014

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Hitting your baby cause they scream when they're excited? Ur pretty sick

Rabia - posted on 07/31/2013

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My son just turned one ! He has the same problem with a couple of others too. He doesn't like the stroller and yells in the car seat. I can't go out to get groceries or go out on a weekend night , he is bad not always but most of the time.Me, my husband and my 7 yrs old , we all have to face this strange phase of the new baby .

Angela - posted on 08/29/2012

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My daughter is almost 2 and she does the squealing. We just tell her no! Every now and then it works she does it mostly when her big sister is doing something to her.

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This is definitely a common stage, however my belief (and experience) has shown that it's during these stages that we need to teach the appropriate behaviours. The best way to do that is to ignore the screaming when it's just her playing, and then use my simple 4-Step Discipline Technique to deal effectively with the "yelling at you" incidents. For help with this, go to: www.erinparenting.com

Sarah - posted on 11/16/2010

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yep i think its a common fase when finding their voice. i just used to completley ignore my son. its very hard particularly when out in public and others like to make comment but as far as i know its really the only way it only lasted 2 or 3 months

Aicha - posted on 11/15/2010

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my daughter is screaming too I just ignore the screaming as I know it is just a phase she is going through

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Sounds like she's found her voice and she's using it! Sorry Momma but really, I don't think there's much you can do about it. You can say "Please don't scream, it hurts Mommy's ears." but I doubt that will stop her. My son is 3 and still does it sometimes. It's like he just gets so excited about something and the only way for him to express how much is to do that ear piercing scream...the one that goes right to the center of my brain and makes my eardrums vibrate for 10 minutes after....yeah, lovely set of lungs kiddo lol About the hitting thing, that's a normal thing too. My son used to do it constantly (hitting, biting, yanking my hair) and we tried everything. I would make a sad face and tell him how much he hurt me but he would laugh. He eventually just grew out of it and in the mean time I just did my best to stay out of the danger zone when he'd flail his arms. It also helps to remember that when they hit and bite and yank they aren't doing it to intentionally hurt us. Sorry, not much help for you! It's a phase that we just have to wait out.....

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