As I’ve mentioned before, 3B has picked up a screaming habit from a playmate at daycare. For awhile, he was just imitating his toddler comrade, so Mrs. K was correcting 3B by telling him, “No screaming.” but that only resulted in monologues from 3B:
[scream] No screaming! [scream] Too loud! [scream] No screaming!
On Wednesday, 3B had his first time out for screaming at Mrs. K’s. This morning, however, I got an earful of screaming when I extracted him from the under the steering wheel to put him in his car seat–as you’ve seen, he loves to go into the driver’s seat to play with “Knobs! Brake! Shifter! [i]Pod! Driving!”
I’m still a bit woozy from the illness, and possibly from the typhoid vaccination, but those screams, delivered as I bent over 3B to buckle him into his car seat, were so loud and so piercing, they made me dizzy. I really can’t believe how someone so small can make a sound so loud without the assistance of a Marshall stack. My ears hurt worse after that than after watching the Who’s [first] farewell tour, Fishbone at the Keystone, or even Metallica in the Cow Palace.
Clearly, the time out at Mrs. K’s didn’t work. Mama and I have talked about using time outs , but we don’t think that 3B would really understand them well enough to learn a lesson from them.
But we need to do something.
So I’m asking you, innernets … I’ve posted a poll (upper-left corner, there) to learn what has worked for you. Feel free to also leave comments, suggestions, and recommendations for otologists below.