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How do I discipline my 3 yr old daughter when she throws screaming fits?

It doesn't matter what time of day, if she's tired or just got up. She will scream all the way to work because she wants a book or all the way home from daycare because we turned the wrong way.

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:21 AM on Mar. 29, 2011 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • id put her in her own so she can have her own screaming fit that is not in my ear!

    Answer by 3HappylKidds at 11:22 AM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • I would completely ignore her because she's looking for attention. If you give her attention, good or bad, it will reinforce the behavior.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:27 AM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • I'd just let her scream until she's tired out.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:57 AM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • The second we get home she gets put into her room. If we're in a store and she starts a tantrum she gets taken right back home and put to bed. She can scream it out in there. Then when she's calmed down I'll sit down with her and talk to her about why she handled the situation poorly.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 12:16 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • Never pay attention to the tantrum if you give in or even show that it bothers you will encourage it to continue. Just put her in her room alone until she is done. When she sees that it doesn't work she will eventually stop or at least not do it as much.

    Answer by mwengenroth at 1:54 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • time out

    Answer by christymoore90 at 2:03 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • Time outs don't work for all children; you will need to figure out what disciplinary act works with your child and then stick with it; if that means a swat across the bottom then so be it; be consistent and don't let them know they are getting to you; ask her why she feels the need to scream all the time; ask the daycare provider what she is like during the day; Try to distract her with something else; pull off the road and let her know that her screaming is distracting you from driving and cause something bad to happen if she doesn't calm down; ask her before leaving the house what things she wants to take along and do in the car. Kids are smarter then what some give them credit for and if you just communicate with her maybe she will open up and let you know and things will get better. Let her know that you don't like her screaming and that if she doesn't stop then there will be a punishment when you get home. Good Luck


    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 7:52 PM on May. 21, 2011

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