Stephanie - posted on 05/02/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )
my two year old has just started screaming. For everything she wants or doesn't.
I'm slowly getting very, very tired of it. Her latest accomplishment was screaming for 3 hours while I drove back home from my parents house. She screamed herself into a frenzy. I pulled over, took her out and everything was fine. We had a quick break and I had to put her back in her car seat, the screaming continued. My question is how do I react to it (screaming in general)? So far I have ignored it. If she is approachable, I tell her not to yell and instead to say what ever she wants calmly and ending with please. She usually repeats after me, and then gets it. with a "thank you and your welcome" following. however, if she doesn't, I give her one more chance to repeat after me and if there is no responds I walk away and she doesn't get it. The then following screaming I usually ignore. I do ask her if she is done. If she is, she may get up. If she isn't she has to stay seated until she is done.
Is this a phase? How do you respond? How do you deal with it?