Thursday, May 18, 2006

Problem of the Week 5/18: Stewart's Screaming

My two and a half year old has a big problem.

Every time things don't go his way, he screams bloody murder. It doesn't matter what the situation is- he could have his foot stuck in a chair, he could be justifiably angry at his brother, or he could just be peeved at me for telling him "no," but his reaction never varies. He always goes with ear-splitting screams.

He does not ordinarily get what he wants through screaming. I pointedly refuse to go back on any "no," particularly when he screams.

But it doesn't seem to make any difference. He gets so angry that he doesn't care whether the screaming is effective or not, it's just the only way he knows to let off steam.

How can I teach him to express his anger in a more positive way? Or, at the very least, a quieter one?
Any suggestions?

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