Toddlers are impulsive and have a hard time stopping themselves from doing things that:
Learning to do something different, like use their words, takes patience, practice and repetition. Here are some effective strategies to use when your child screams:
This approach gives your child words to what they are feeling and trying to express, but doesn’t really pay any attention to the screaming.
Usually after you narrate what they are thinking/feeling, children stop the screaming and may give you some sort of affirmative sign. Then you can offer another option in a positive, expressive voice:
Your child may not be able to say those words right away, but the more you respond in a calm, matter-of-fact way with minimal emotion, offering a different method of communication, the more likely your child will catch on.
Learning to be your child’s calm center is a gift that will strengthen their well-being and your relationship for a lifetime.
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