How to Get Toddlers to Stop Screaming & Screeching

by Mario Ramos, Demand Media
    Ensure that your child's tantrum doesn't cause one of your own.

    Ensure that your child's tantrum doesn't cause one of your own.

    Some toddlers love to give their vocal chords a workout. While it's obviously natural for them to experiment and play with their voices, toddlers must also learn the times and places where such experiments are unacceptable. Once you learn how to remain calm, you can address your noisy toddler's behavior, which will not only bring relief to your ears, but might even be fun for both of you.

    Step 1

    Keep calm. Take a few deep breaths. Remember that no matter what your toddler does, you are the adult and you are still in charge. You will always be an example to your child, so be a good one.

    Step 2

    Think about why your child is screaming or screeching. Many toddlers are just discovering what they can do with their voices. If you see that they are experimenting and having fun, try whispering to them and see whether they can do it as well. (Most toddlers can't.) If you make a game out of it, you'll be competing to see who can whisper the softest -- and the screaming and screeching will disappear.

    Step 3

    Teach your child the difference between an "outside voice" and an "indoor voice." When indoors, model a quieter tone of voice and remind your toddler to do the same, before the screaming and screeching even begins.

    Step 4

    Ignore your child for a few moments. Walk away and come back when the volume has died down. Tell your toddler that you can't understand him when he's screaming, or simply offer to read or play with him as long as he's not screaming.

    Tip

    • If your child tends to scream and screech often in public, skip quiet establishments and go to noisier ones. That way, their noise will be less noticeable to others and might even be ignored altogether.

    About the Author

    Mario has been acting onstage and on camera for over a decade, beginning in 2002 at university and extending presently to Philadelphia, New York City and even Seoul (South Korea) and Buenos Aires. He is easy to direct and pleasant to work with. Onscreen, Mario comes across as natural and affable, professional and articulate. He currently resides in Boston.

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