Crying and Screaming
Topic: Crying and Screaming
In handling crying and screaming from your child, always first focus on your attitude: How are you feeling about your child’s crying? Is it difficult for you? You may want to spend a bit of time exploring this and seeing if you can find ways to be even more at ease, more relaxed with this. Generally speaking, children often cry with people who are somehow reacting to or supporting the crying in some way. It would be useful to analyze your responses:
- Do you move faster to get what your child wants when (s)he cries?
- Are there built-in benefits to crying that (s)he might get from you?
- Do you change in some way so that (s)he would feel it is an effective way to communicate?
- Have there been times when (s)he cries and then you stay longer? or open the door, etc.?