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    Default Stop screaming at me

    Please!

    That is it really.

    Ugh, my 17m old isn't talking much but yells and screams at me all the time. Like getting in the car, getting out the car, leaving a place, shopping. My head is ringing today. Getting out and about with him is such a chore at the moment.

    Luckily he's being sweet and funny and very loveable at other times.

    Anyone else in the same boat? Any tips?

    Food works well as a distraction for him, but he would eat the world if he could, and in double quick time.

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    I've dealt with a few daycare kids who liked to scream when they were happy, sad, angry, tired, excited, etc! I hate screaming! What I do when it happens is get right in their face and say “No screaming, that hurts my ears“ while covering my ears. Then I ignore them until the screaming stops. After a few days of repeating this the screaming improves a lot and eventually they don't do it at all!

    ETA: When they stop screaming in any given situation I try to help them find the words they need to express what they were trying to say - if someone took their toy help them to say "I had that first, please give it back!", if they don't want to get their shoes on to go outside "I don't want to get my shoes on, I want to keep playing with this toy." Then work through the situation calmly.
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    Thank you. I've been trying that tactic today and will keep up with it to see if it helps improve the situation. If nothing else it's giving me something to focus on.

    It's so hard to go out and do anything with him. I hope this phase passes quickly.

    I noticed his teething is definitely bothering him this evening, so that's probably been a factor in making him extra grouchy and short tempered. Poor thing. We both need Tylenol..
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