It’s what embarrasses parents the most, especially when out in public. But no matter how hard you try, your tot will scream at some stage. But fear not, there are some ways that you can help limit your tot’s loud screaming:
If possible try to work around your toddler’s sleep and food needs. Try to make sure that your tot is well rested and had a bite to eat before leaving the house. When out with your little one, make sure that you go to family fun places rather than intimate, formal ones.
Our tots can be unaware of the concept of volume but usually when your tot does act out, there is a reason behind it. But if it's really bothering you, ask them to use their indoor voice instead. Lower your voice to a whisper, so your tot will understand at what level they should be speaking at.
It can be a good idea sometimes to indulge your little one when it comes to their screaming. But of course, this depends on the appropriate times and places. Make sure to create and use hand signals to indicate when it’s time to stop playing the screaming game.
Sometimes our tots are screaming for no reason at all, but majority of times, there are logical reasons behind our tots’ actions. If your toddler’s screaming because she wants your attention, make sure to ask yourself whether she's genuinely uncomfortable or overwhelmed. The environment might be too much for your little one or they may be tired? So if possible try and leave as soon as possible or it will only worsen for you both. If your tot is acting out because they’re bored, this is different - but it’s still important that you acknowledge this. Explain that you understand that they’re bored, and explain that you will leave once you’ve completed this task. Acknowledging their feelings doesn’t mean giving in to what your tot wants though. By giving into your little one’s demands every time they scream, will only reinforce this behaviour. You can acknowledging your tot’s feelings by listening to them but explaining at the same time why this behaviour isn’t acceptable.