My 2 1/2 year old screams about everything! I don't know what to do!

Amanda - posted on 05/03/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 2 1/2 year old daughter constantly screams about everything. Example: if she spills all of her toys out of her toy box onto the floor, my husband and I ask her to pick up her toys and to put them back where they belong. It follows with her screaming at the top of her lungs the whole entire time she's picking up her toys and putting them back. She screams in general a lot of the time too, while we're walking in the store, going out the door and walking to the car, watching a show on tv, sitting and eating a meal. She's super destructive too. We've replaced shades in the house because she breaks them and tears them apart, constantly rips paper and scatters it all over the house, breaks furniture (she recently broke her toddler bed), slaps our tv, tries to pull on the dogs tail, etc. I'm just at my wits end and don't know what to do. We try and get her to use her indoor voice, time outs, taking toys away and tv time. We try and spend one on one time with her while her baby brother sleeps, any advice would be very helpful.

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Danielle - posted on 05/03/2014

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my children Mickey is 8 Jr is 5 Jolie is 5 and mariah is 2 and yes they do get jealous at times when i am giving any of them attention mariah comes over and squeals i tell her its their turn for mommy and just wait a minute sometimes shes ok sometimes she is not when she was born it was a big struggle with jr and jo. but then i would have them help me take care of her like getting the wipes and diaper, toys, and when she would nap i would have and still do something creative like baking and decorating cookies. They loved it. She is mad that their is another thing in the house that is interrupting her life style. she has routine and its all messed in her mind. It will get better. I know you are tired and over worked mentally just pray to the lord to give you grace and peace I will pray for you. it will be ok

Nicola - posted on 05/03/2014

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Hi, how old is your son? Is he new born? Maybe your daughter is feeling jealous and that's the only way she can express how she feels x

Danielle - posted on 05/03/2014

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I feel your pain! I am dealing with a similar issue with my 2 and a half year old too. I have practiced time out, do just one consistent discipline action. sadly it does take time. 1 warning say their name then screaming time out very sternly but without anger in your voice or on your face they pick up our first reactions all the time even if its with some thing that doesnt have to do with them. it will take about 2 weeks and it is hard but just think if you get ahold of this now it will be easier down the road

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