Screaming fits..

Sarah - posted on 05/11/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter can be the sweetest little girl, and then BAM! She will start shrieking at the top of her lungs if you look at her wrong. Any advice to curb the screaming fits? She also throws herself on the floor as if you pushed her (we definately do not!) and screams. Help!! I have tried time outs, but she wont stay, and I know most of us have seen Super Nanny keep repeatedly putting them back, but I'm sorry, that doesn't always work. haha. She continues to run from the chair!!

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Stacie - posted on 06/29/2011

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time out doesn't have to be in a certain chair it can be any where. when our boys identical twin boys 2 years old. starte screaming or throughing fits about whatever they are upset about we take them to their bed and shut the door and tell them not to come out until their calm. it seems to be working so far. other kids at this age i have worked with a timer did the trick. 1 min. for every year and i would sit the timer where ever they choose to be clam and not screaming when it went off they were done and free to go back to playing. some kids the chair works. you have to find he best thing to help her learn her behavior is not something you like. Most of my boys screaming fits i just ignore and they see it and stop and go on to something else.

Brandy - posted on 05/18/2011

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when my daughter started doing this we would either walk away or we would pick her up and put her in her room and tell her you can come out when you calm down. it took some practice for her to understand we were serious but now if she starts acting up all i have to say is "do you want to go to your room?" and she will usually say no and she will calm down. sometimes if shes getting loud we will wisper to her especially in public, and i try really hard not to raise my voice because i dont want her copying that. another thing that has helped not to trigger the fits for us is limiting the use of the word no, which is challenging at times, instead i try to redirect or reword. for example if she's jumping on the couch i will say put your butt on the couch, or jump on the floor, or i will give her something else that she can jump on or introduce a different activity all together to get her attention, and ive found that asking questions will sometimes work as well, i think that at least in jenna's case she wants control so instead of fighting with her i make her believe that shes choosing to do something different or that she is allowed to have another option. this may not work for everyone but it sure has come in handy for us. hope some of this helps

Cassandra - posted on 05/11/2011

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Have you tried doing what she does when she is doing it? When my daughter would throw fits or anything i would scream like she did or even show her how to throw fits right. I dont do time out chairs. I put her at the wall and she puts her hands on the wall and it seems to work for me.

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