my 2 year old just screams all day!!

Karrie - posted on 09/08/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my son bradlee just turned 2 in june. i swear ever since his birthday all he ever does is scream. weather it be a happy scream r an angry scream or him screaming cause he didn't get his way. all he does is scream. i've tried teaching him inside voices and outside voices... we watch the "Yo Gabba Gabba" episode with the inside /outside voice song. i've tried just telling him to hush. i've tried time out. i've tried time out in his room "alone" ( with me right around the corner where i can see him but he cant see me of course) he just wont listen. i even find myself having to yell over him so he can hear me. most of the time its happy screaming so i just tell him to calm down a bit and use his inside voice (doesn't work) ... but we all know 2 year olds are famous for their tantrums as well. (this is when the time out comes into play) i try to ignore it sometimes thinking that will make him stop but then i also think with the new baby... maybe its for attention. but i make sure to give him as much attention as possible. i lay the baby down on her play gym and play with bradlee for a bit. i play with him when she takes her cat naps... but she is a very needy little girl... she craves attention and she always wants to sit like a big girl (me holding her on one knee) IS MY SONS BEHAVIOR NORMAL? PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS JUST A PHASE! i need advice... any advice. my mom keeps saying its a phase... but with a 3 month old infant i get worried... i know when he screams it hurts my ears so it has to Hurt hers. and if so could it lead to hearing problems?

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Michelle - posted on 07/13/2011

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Karrie thank goodness it's not just my child it makes me feel so much better that I'm not the only one going through this! I am a mother of 3 my first 2 never went through this stage my partner and I are racking our brains on what to do so Kayla where going to give your advice ago and see what happens fingers crossed xx

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Kayla - posted on 09/09/2009

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My son is now 4 but when he was younger around the 2 yr mark he did a lot of screaming. I think its just something to do with that age group. My son was also pretty hyper, not sure if that had anything to do with it. I would just make sure that whenever you tell him to calm down and use his inside voice that there also be the same consequences for not listening to you. Like if time out is a big deal to him then say like if I ask you twice to calm down and you dont you go to time out for however many minutes. Maybe even get a timer and set up a special time out spot. Another thing maybe would be like a special chart with stickers for each day he is doing good he gets a sticker and if he gets so many stickers at the end of the week he gets to pick something for just the two of you to do. I dont know if any of this will help just throwing out some ideas. The only other thing i can think of is to give him lots of compliments when he is being good and then maybe he will feed of the compliments and keep it up. Hope this helps!

Carolyn - posted on 09/09/2009

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My son is almost two and he does a lot of screaming as well. He just started this behaviour recently. It is a phase they go thru. Your son probably does it partly because of the new baby. He is used to all the attention and now has to share you. Just play with him as much as you can and maybe once a week do something special with him like go to a petting zoo or a playground zone something like that. You can also try throwing a temper tantrum with him and see if that gets him to stop. If you do it and you find he doesn't like you doing it and it stops him then keep doing it for a while. Sometimes it takes a couple weeks. Mine hasn't stopped yet but we are working on it.

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