Do you think it's ok for kids to scream when they're not in danger, like during playtime?
If you are ok with your (or other peoples') kids screaming when they're not in need of help (eg playtime), at which age do you think it's no longer acceptable?
Funny I just sat down as my boy is making little sandwiches at the door to my office(no food in the office) so he sits right in the doorway and eats.
But on the way home we screamed in the car. I have taught all my children to make whiny faces and scream in different ways. We practice in front of the mirror in the bathroom. We also try real hard to cry to get what we want. That one is hard.
These things are taught behavior. So I just get down and help them do it right. But it takes the drama out of it. And it puts self control into the mix.So we practice emotions like the ones of frustration that causes out of control screaming.
Screaming is a tool for showing something. If you are around a child that just does it uncontrollably she has issues, work on helping not controlling.
OK I just wrote that and my son came screaming into my office that Mommy is Home!!! Shucks --- there goes that theory hihihihi But I admit I joined him and raced out to her car for hugs and kisses.
I really like your approach. I was just wondering, because the kids a block down have suddenly started up with blood curdling shrieks during play that they never used to do.
Yep that will happen. I suggest you do like me. Find a stump or rock to sit on and watch a while.
It personally makes me cringe. The high pitch sound of a kids scream is like nails being pounded in my ears. That being said, they should be able to scream all they want. Its usually not difficult to tell if a kids scream is a scream of fear or pain vs just having fun. I say let them have their fun. Kids have enough of their fun taken from them these days. Now we wanna take away screaming? What age is it acceptable? No age really. Just certain places are unacceptable. like work. you think by then they will know that. I have seen differently first hand however.
I don't know, some of the shrieks our neighborhood kids let out are hard to differentiate. They've been bad enough a few times that I actually went out to check to see if everything was alright (it has been so far). Just wanted opinions is all.
lol. I have done the same in the past. I just think kids are treated unfairly already and would hate to take something so simple away.
Hihihi ;-) this just reminded me. When my dad wanted to take a nap - I had to sit in a chair quiet next to him until he fell asleep --- I do recall my voice being very shrill and with a bad pitch until it changed. And I was loud.
We were never aloud to scream and we brought up our kids the same way especially in public . we could have fun, laugh etc but not that dreadful screaming children get away with these days.
Screaming of a kid is absolutely normal. It is their way of expressing as they have lack of words. Or they want to express the emotions which are beyond the words. During a game it can be because of winning or losing or few close calls. Though physcologically if the kid is screaming more than required then he/she needs immediate attention. Often it shows shades of mind as well which is inspired by the incidents occuring with that kid in his personal life.
During play the adranaline increases and scream is an outlet to let it go.
Updatre on this uptake: My boy was acting up -- so I shut down my stuff and we played chase with hands stretched to the sky and screaming. Well it worked for me -- stress all gone. And the boy came back in the house happy and reading a book. ???
Sure, as long as it's outside! And inside to a minimum.....but yeah, outside is good. If they are getting all worked up and involved in their playtime, you can bet they will be calmer later on.
My objection to kids screaming is when it happens around people trying to have a conversation. There are very loud disruptive screams, a way of getting attention. If kids are just outside playing, screaming and yelling are pretty normal as a part of fun. As to when it should stop, maybe it should never stop if it is a part of fun. Most kids do stop or tone down eventually. I was never a screamer but maybe should have been. It is a good release.
So sorry to intrude again, my boy just came in all upset about a racetrack. It was frustrating. So we yelled for about 3 minutes and then giggled and tickled and fixed the track. By golly jingles sometimes life is tough and you just want to scream.
Some kids scream like raptors, some are quiet. Then they grow into teens and those same kids that sounded like raptors are still doing it. LOL
I think once a screamer, always a screamer. I know a few adults who do it.
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