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Photo: MIA Studio (Shutterstock) If you’ve ever had a toddler, chances are, you’ve been the lucky recipient of their “screaming phase.” Note, I didn’t say tantrum phase . No, there is a brand of toddler screeching that has little or sometimes nothing to do with a full-on meltdown about not being able to take home the Paw Patrol water bottle they’ve been toting around Target for 45 minutes. Here, we’re talking about your standard-issue, oft-unprovoked, top-of-the-lungs communication they sometimes favor between the ages of 2 and 4, that can stop as suddenly as it starts, but is nonetheless awful for its duration. Why do toddlers scream so much? While at times it’s evident why toddlers scream—they wanted to put on their backpack themselves and you helped, you monster—at other times, it’s difficult to pinpoint a reason, whether logical or not. It could be because they want attention, feel like they need to shout to be heard (hello, third child), are frustrated or overly excited, or simply have learned it’s a reliable way to get a reaction out of their otherwise busy parents. The important thing to remember is that it’s normal for the age, and should not be countered with your own screaming. (This will only scare them, demonstrate that the loudest person wins, give them a bad example of how to handle the urge, and create more of the same. We speak from experience.) So what can you do instead? Let them be loud—at certain times Toddlers are […]