When we are at home, we can deal with it, but it's when we are at a restaurant that it becomes really frustrating, even a tad embarrassing. It is so tempting to just give him what he wants. But that just perpetuates the problem.
I've been doing a little online research(as well as reading a book called, Charismatic Kid: A New Breed of Superhero) to educate myself in ways to deal with it. With him only being 14 months old, he's a little young for some of the methods that are commonly referred to, but with a bit of modification, I'm hoping that we can curve this little habit of his.
1). Ignore the bad and reward the good. As the saying goes, "easier to do than say." However, it is something that we are really trying to push ourselves to do. Instead of focusing on the negative behavior, we need to remember to focus on and reward the positive. When he indicates that he wants something without shrieking, then he can have it. Reversely, instead of calling attention to the negative behavior, we need to ignore it.
2). Teach him to sign. Not only is sign language a great way for toddlers to communicate, but it is silent. Signing results in no noise, which is definitely a welcomed break. My husband began signing the word, "eat" to Nate a few months ago and it has been successful. Now, I am beginning to teach him to sign, "please" when he wants something.
3). Baby time outs. This is usually a last resort for me, but if he continues to shriek, we place him in time out. We have an exersaucer in our living room that is perfect for baby time outs. These do not last longer than a few minutes.
4). Consistency is key. My husband often reminds me of the importance of consistency in life. This rule especially applies in parenting. If I am going to ignore the bad and reward the good, then I need to do it every time
5). Just breathe. Repeat this mantra: "This is only a phase. It too shall pass."
Do you have any tips for encouraging positive behavior?