Non-Stop Screaming Toddler

Jackie - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter just, in the past couple weeks, has started just shrieking and screaming over nothing. She screams non-stop for long periods of time over things like non getting enough out of her Sippy-Cup, being asked not to do something, or not being able to get in or out of a door fast enough. She'll stop and start like flipping on a switch and I don't know what is causing this or what will make it stop. Is this normal? Is this the dreaded "Terrible Twos"? And is there anything I can do to stop or lessen this? It's just so hard to deal with!!

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Lis - posted on 01/22/2014

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Thanks God I am not the only one who is going through that phase ( I hope). My two-and-a-half year just started doing that. My husband and I are shocked as she is a great kid but there have been like four times she has started an "out-of-proportion tantrum" for nothing and does not stop. I tried to distract her today in the afternoon and it worked so it did not escalated that much but the one she just threw 30 minutes ago just got me unguarded. I will keep this on the loop as it worries me a lot. Let me know if they improve as time goes by.

Dee - posted on 01/26/2010

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my daughter just started that too... it's so hard because they are frustrated with you, and with themselves, and with the huge world they have to figure out....

i don't have any advice for your situation because i am struggling with it myself, but good luck :) let's just hope it's a simple phase of life that they will get over.

Jenn - posted on 01/25/2010

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My daughter has the tendancy to do the same thing. I think it's because they are learning that they are their own person and it's a way to comunicate with you that she's unhappy that she didn't know she could before. Your reaction can make it better or worse. Depending on the situation, you can just ignore it or try to distract her with something else (look at the pretty hat you get to wear outside, here's the car toy for when we get into the car for you to play with). For the sippy, if it's one with a valve, try taking it out so it'll come out faster. Or maybe she's ready for a cup (start with a little water). And this is part of the "terrible twos" that gets you ready for the "horrible threes." I hope that's helpful.

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