Screaming?

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Registered: 08-02-2010
Screaming?
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Sun, 05-15-2011 - 1:53pm

DD just turned 4 years old a month ago and now when she doesn't get what she wants she just starts to scream at the top of her lungs. She did it to me in the supermarket and she did it to DH at the diner. She never did this before she would whine and complain. I guess its a new phase of testing.

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Registered: 06-09-2005
Mon, 05-16-2011 - 11:03am
My DS (4) started doing something similar. He doesn't scream, he cries! Like someone killed his dog cry, not just a little whining. Luckily he hasn't done it in public, but he does it here at home and it drives me bananas!

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Registered: 08-02-2010
Mon, 05-16-2011 - 12:23pm

It is the loudest scream I ever heard like someone

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Registered: 11-08-2007
Mon, 05-16-2011 - 2:02pm
They are smart! They like to pull that stuff in public cuz they think you'll cave and give them what they want if they pitch a fit in public. Just stay strong, Mama and (as hard as it is to do), ignore her.
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Registered: 06-09-2005
Wed, 05-18-2011 - 10:23am
You are not a bad parent! I agree with Bethany, as hard as it is, you have to ignore it, because reacting to it will just encourage it. Kids are smart, they know what buttons to push. Hang in there mama.

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Registered: 03-30-2011
Thu, 05-19-2011 - 9:44am
Hello I'm new to this board but I lurk on many others. I came here because I'm having the same problem with my 4 year old. She has never done it before but when I was visiting a friend and it was time to go she just started screaming and started a tantrum. I was mortified and felt like the a bad mom. So I can relate.
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Registered: 07-14-2008
Fri, 05-20-2011 - 8:50pm
Well the more you react the more they will do it. I personally just turn to my four year old and tell her she wont get something usually its to watch dragon tails cause thats her favorite, if she continues. I only tell her once and then she looses it, end of story, but after a few times she just stops.
Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories. ~John Wilmot