2.5 year old todderl boy

Mguna2558 - posted on 02/15/2016 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Help! My little boy is 2 1/2 years old and he screams if he is told no, if someone leaves or if somebody is doing something he doesn't want them to do, he yells so loud. I want him to stop screaming. It is so frustrating especially when we're out in public. I feel like we can't go anywhere without his yelling all the time. Help,please!

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Raye - posted on 02/18/2016

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He's just learning that he has opinions on stuff. I agree with the other ladies that encourage you not to give in to the fits. I think also, whenever possible, you should try to redirect his behavior. Try not to say 'no' to him, but instead ask him questions and give him choices. Instead of saying "no, you aren't getting juice", say "you can choose between milk or water". If he keeps crying and screaming say "Which is it? Milk? Or water? I need you to calm down and answer me, or I will have to choose for you".
If he still acts up, then you choose. It will take some time, but he should get the idea that he needs to take the opportunity to choose when it's given. Sometimes the choice is to be good and stay, or go home and miss out. I have left a restaurant after having gotten drinks (hadn't ordered meals yet). I just put money on the table, grabbed the kids and left. You have to be willing to enact the consequences.

Teeny_2306 - posted on 02/17/2016

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My son is the same age and I will admit I give in some times and just give him what he wants because I'm studying or something. No one is perfect and I'm sure everyone gives in from time to time. His tantrum throwings have been when I tell him he can't have something. Really if we're at home I just ignore him and tell him he cant have it and he forgets about it shortly. The other day we were out at a restaurant and he was screaming because he wanted to dip the chips and salsa and make us eat it....I know... Little things like that really get him going. I just stopped and took him outside and sat him down on the bench....everytime he got up I didnt let him play and after a while I asked if he wanted to go back inside and he said ok. When we went back in he ate his food and was settled. Let me tell you, that was the first time I had a succesful kind of timeout. lol. Kids go through stages, especially now. I would try to nip it in the butt and think of time outs or something that works for you. =) Good luck!

Mguna2558 - posted on 02/15/2016

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Thank you so much. We went to a car show this past weekend and he was screaming because he didn't want me to go in and out of cars.

Sarah - posted on 02/15/2016

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He has never suffered a consequence for yelling so yes he is going to keep doing it especially if he gets what he wants. You have to not give into the tantrum and ignore him. Talking to a 2.5 yr old means nothing.....your actions in how you handle the situation says more. Kids are smart they know you don't like the screaming, they know it is not nice, but if it gets them what they want they will do it. Hint those kids turn into adults and act the same. If they are taught that screaming and throwing a fit does no good they figure out others ways or learn to accept the limitations and that not always is it about them. Remember a 2.5 yr old will someday be a 25 yr old and a 55 yr old. I know some 25 yr olds and even some 55 yr olds that still tantrum just now it is in an adult form. I personally don't have much respect for them. It is hard to listen to a toddler tantrum, but I also know that I am the parent and this is a teaching moment.

Mguna2558 - posted on 02/15/2016

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Well, sometimes. I can't say I don't. I tell him to stop yelling and that it is not nice to yell but I do know my babysitter does give in when he cries and yells. I think the yelling is learned behavior But it is getting worse.

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