My 2 year old is going to send me to the nut house!!! Help please???

Kari - posted on 02/25/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )




My youngest will be 2 on March 10th and I realize that this is the start of the "terrible two's" but my little girl is SOOOO cranky all the time! She'll be playing with her toys and out of no where she's screaming! She could be watching TV and start screaming! And its not a "im hurt/tired" scream.. Its just high pitched, long and very nerve racking! Any suggestions on why she is doing this? and what I can do to stop her from doing it??? PLEASE HELP ME!!


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Brianna - posted on 02/28/2012




my daughter is in the terrible 2's and well she just is getting into trouble all the time not randomly start screaming... r u sure shes not in pain? like gas or teething or something..

Lydia - posted on 02/28/2012




My almost 2 YO also keeps whining for stuff instead of talking. It occurs very randomly I guess whenever she wants or needs something. It's a big guessing game sometimes... Here is what I do, with some little success for now.

Ignore it. And if she is trying to tell you something by screaming or whining tell her that's not how you talk and than give her an example how she could ask for something. Use a simple sentence that she is actually able to use like "Mommy, snack please."

Jenny_D - posted on 02/27/2012




I have a very whiny 3 yr old and a 1 yr old that has the irritating high pitch scream. They are both very sweet good girls but also very dramatic and sometimes hard to handle also. I just keep reminding my 3 year old EVERY TIME she whines that I don't like whining and she needs to talk to me when she is ready to be nice. If I were you, I would ignore her when she screams (if you know she is not hurt) and if she is trying to communicate with you, just prompt her on how you want her to talk to you. It will most likely take a while; it took my daughter about a year to start talking normally to me and she still has issues with it every once in a while, but keep plugging away. Remember, we have to train our kids and some are harder than others :o)

Sarah - posted on 02/27/2012




Here is what I do with the screaming. I give only one warning. I let them know that I don't want to listen to the screaming and if the want to continue then they need to go to their room. If they continue to scream after the warning I then put them in their room (either they walk or I pick them up). Once in their room I tell them they can come out when they are done screaming. If they come out and are not done scream I just pick them back up and put them in their room. Either not saying a word or just say you can come out when you are done screaming. At first it may take time before she stays in her room until she is done, but if you stick with it it does work. I always find it amazing that when they figure out that they are not going to have an audience to scream to then the screaming does not last long. This also helps to teach them how to deal with their emotions. It lets them know that if they need to scream and let it out they can, but it needs to be in their own space. Just like us at times we need to vent, but we can't just vent anywhere or to anyone.

Karen - posted on 02/27/2012




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The yelling for no reason is totally normal. There are a couple of reasons why they do it. If its just a high pitched squeal, shes just learned that she can make that noise and wants to use it whenever she thinks about it.

If shes yelling about something, that's because overreacting is the name of the toddler game. Their emotions are so transparent at this age, that they are just doing what they feel like doing.

My girl just turned 2 on Feb 2nd, and she started screeching sooo loudly while I was out buying her party decorations. People were looking at us, it was LOUD. It was obvious she was just doing it to be doing it, but it certainly gets attention.

When shes doing one of her freak out tantrums over something, its fun to find the word that brings it to a halt. I start to list things, like her favorite shows. Most go ignored, until I land on one she really wants to watch. It goes from "WAAAAAHHHH" to *silent* in a millisecond! Cracks me up every time!

If you are reacting to her yelling, shes probably going to keep doing it. If you really don't like it, pretend you don't hear it and it will eventually pass.

Jenni - posted on 02/25/2012




Both my girls did /do this. My son didn't. But the girls liked to hollar for no apparent reason (and sometimes for a reason). Kira grew out of it and Morgan seems to be doing it less and less. I'm going to assume this is just a phase that she'll grow out of if she doesn't get attention for it.

Michelle - posted on 02/25/2012




First off she is doing because she can, little people really discover their voices at this age and loud noises are cool. What we did with our now almost 3 year old is sat down beside her and explain that her screaming voice was for outside only and inside she had to use her quiet voice so it wouldn't hurt mommies ears. And yes for a few days we had to remind her but after that she kept her yelling and screaming for on the play ground.

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