Your 17-month-old: Week 2 | BabyCenter

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Encouraging the “inside” voice

Screaming is one of the less pleasant habits your toddler might develop. As with everything else in her life, she’s constantly experimenting, and her voice is an instrument that can do all kinds of neat things. What’s more, shrieking gets immediate attention.

Some kids condition their parents to give in to make the shrieks stop. To avoid that, explain that yelling hurts your ears. Tell your child that you can’t respond until she uses a normal voice. But take care not to yell your instructions. You can also say, “That’s your outside voice. It’s okay to use your outside voice when we’re playing at the park.”

Show your child other ways to have fun with her voice, like whispering or singing. In fact, if you really want to get your child’s attention, try lowering your voice to a whisper – it’s even more powerful than raising the volume. It sounds not only different from the usual but special and secretive, and just might stop her in her tracks.

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