Thursday, April 16, 2009
Have you ever had a Two year old in such a screaming fit that there is "no communication possible", no punishment that "works", no way to stop the agony in your ears? Lately, Mycah has been doing just that! It may be for no reason at all. It may be because she didn't get what she wants. It comes from nowhere and doesn't stop. She gets into this screaming tantrum and no matter what you do it doesn't "fix" anything. The other day, I don't really remember what set it off, but the scream fest began. I decided to do my best just to ignore her and not even acknowledge the pathetic behavior. I timed it....45 MINUTES!! Solid screaming! No joke. And if you've ever heard Mycah's scream you will know it is extremely loud and difficult to ignore. Well you'd think my "avoiding" her got her to figure it out....NOPE. Yesterday it was getting so old I decided to use an old trick that my Brother and Sister-in-Law used on their daughter when she would get like this. A COLD SHOWER! When Dejah got like this...it totally worked. As shocking as it may seem, and as cruel as it may sound, I'm telling you IT WORKS! You take them to the shower and stick them in clothes and all. So I tried it on Mycah. She screamed, she hated it, I told her to stop screaming and I would take her out...and wouldn't you know it....she stopped. I wrapped her in a towel, gave her some love and told her that we don't scream, and that she needed to used her words. I must say Mycah knows how to live those "terrible twos". I can handle a fit. I prefer time-out, but when nothing works, this is the method. They remember it. If the behavior starts, all I have to do is threaten a cold shower and she'll just move on to a fuss where I can "communicate" with her. I think I only had to do it twice with Dejah and she totally got it. Anyway, being a parent can be difficult, but I love my kids. It will be fun adding a boy to the mix. Hopefully he will be less "emotional" than my girls.
Posted by Anna Beal at 9:54 AM