How do you get toddlers to stop screaming?

Sarah - posted on 09/16/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 1/2 year old son who loves to scream! Whether it is out of frustration or excitment he loves to scream! Sometimes he just bursts out with the loudest scream possible! How do you teach children to use an inside voice and not to scream? I have 2 boys that are behind him in age at 1 and 2 months and our 1 year old is starting to do the same thing. My husband and I don't yell or scream in the house and we definitley try not to argue in front of the children but for some reason or another my 2 oldest boys are screaming at the top of the lungs. How do we stop it?

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Tamara - posted on 09/19/2011

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My three year old son does the same thing. We tell him not to scream in the house. Like your kid, it is sometimes very random and seemingly for no reason. Other times it is to scare his little sis or because he is pretending to be a dinosaur. We do give him time outs for this but all in all, nothing really stops this behaviour so far!

Sarah - posted on 09/18/2011

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My 2 year old does the same thing. Sometimes right in the middle of the grocery store. :/ Talk about embarrassing lol. I think it might just be a typical toddler thing!

Jennifer - posted on 09/16/2011

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It's something kids do. My daughter will be 3 next week and she still screams sometimes, though it's usually words so you know if it's excitement or frustration.

If she's excited I just remind her to bring the volume down if we're inside. If we're outside I let her make all the noise she wants.

If it's the start of a tantrum she is sent to her room and not allowed back out until she is done. I don't tolerate the tantrums inside or out. Tantrums are an instant stop to anything fun we might have been doing and get toys taken away etc.

From what I'm seeing it's just something they sort of have to outgrow. Right now they don't have a lot in the way of emotional control and whatever they are feeling comes out so we have to teach them to channel it appropriately. You will tell them millions of time to use "inside voices" and they'll be quieter for awhile and then just get loud again. Just be consistent and patient and eventually he, and your others, will learn the lesson.

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