Daughter Thinks She Needs To Yell

Janis - posted on 12/14/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




My daughter thinks she needs to yell to get our attention. She just started doing this over the weekend and we aren't sure why. We hear her the first time she calls for us and tells us what she needs, but if we don't respond or tell her to wait just a minute, she thinks she needs to yell at us. She has been an inpatient child from the start but she has never yelled at us before. Any thoughts.


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Amanda - posted on 12/15/2010




She could have an ear infection which is why she's yelling. My son always had them until he got tubes placed and he would yell constantly but not mean to. Otherwise she could be testing her boundaries. If she's getting away with yelling than she'll more than likely keep doing it. You could always sit her down and explain to her that when your inside you use your inside voice. Hope that helps!

Heather - posted on 12/15/2010




I would simply say "I can't hear you properly when you yell, and I don't like it. If you yell at me again *insert punishment here*." Stay calm and don't give much of a reaction. When I was growing up my parents didn't respond when we called to them from another room. If we wanted something we could go to them and ask, so maybe implement that as a rule in your house?

Jodi - posted on 12/15/2010




How are you reacting when she yells at you? If you are paying more attention when she yells at you, she is actually getting exactly what she is setting out to do. And really, its fair enough if you don't respond the first time. She probably assumes you didn't hear her. If you have told her to wait, at least tell her how long. Sometimes, for a young child, wait means 20 seconds. Try "wait until I have finished X" or "wait until after dinner" or whatever the reason is she needs to wait. She may be more likely to show some patience. Right now, she probably feels brushed off.

You didn't mention how old she was.....my daughter is 5 and is the most impatient person I know, but yelling gets you nowhere around here.

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