What To Do When Your Toddler Screams?

What To Do When Your Toddler Screams?

Some toddlers scream when they want their parents’ attention. It is their way of saying - ‘hey, look at me!’ Other screams when they don’t get what they want, and in that case, screaming means - ‘I want this toy for me, give it to me now.’

What should you do when your toddler screams?

It usually happens that parents scream loudest to get their child voice down. But that won’t work because it only communicates that whoever is the loudest wins the game. So the best way to let your child lower its voice is to avoid situations that tempt your toddler to shout. Divert your child’s attention when they start screaming.

Here are some tips for managing your child while they scream:


Set a particular schedule for your child. It is not always possible to work around your toddler. So, set a specific schedule for everything - feeding, playing, sleeping etc. By this method, your child will not feel irritable if you cannot feed him on time, play with him, etc.

Ask your child to use an indoor voice. If your toddler is screaming because she's happy, avoid commenting or criticising. But if it's really too much, ask her to use her 'indoor voice.' Meanwhile, lower your voice, too, so that your child will get quiet to listen to you.

Acknowledge the feelings. If your toddler's screaming because she wants your attention, ask yourself whether she's genuinely uncomfortable or overwhelmed. For example, if you're in a vast supermarket packed with people, the environment may be too much for her. So, calmly say, 'I know you want to go home, but it will be a few more minutes until we're done,' and push on. She'll not only be comforted that you know how she feels, but it will also help her learn how to put her feelings into words.

On the other hand, if your toddler is screaming to get a cookie, tell her calmly, ‘I know you want a cookie, but we have to finish this first. You can have a cookie when we are done.’

Keep your toddler occupied. It is quite an effective way to manage a screaming child. When your child starts screaming, distract its attention to another track. Start talking about some topic that sounds interesting to him, like ‘hey, do you know what we are going to do now, ‘hey dear, let us have a playtime together’, etc.

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