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to wish this child would stop effing screaming?

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NoisyBrain Thu 22-Aug-13 21:29:43

There is a child somewhere nearby, who is incapable of playing outside without screaming like a banshee. I'm talking blood-curdling, top-of-voice screaming and it's extremely irritating.

Of course I expect to hear kids' laughter and some shouting during the summer holidays (and I'm noticing it more because I'm on maternity leave I suppose), but is high-pitched screaming during play necessary under ANY circumstances? I don't know how old the child in question is, but definitely sounds older than a toddler who might not know better. It sounds like proper horror film screaming too. The only reason I know the child is playing is because I can hear other children's voices at the same time as the screams.

My mum was really strict with me about things like this. If she'd heard me screaming I'd have been made to come inside and told off for annoying the neighbours. Aside from the annoyance factor, her argument was that if I was ever in real trouble and screaming out of fear or pain no-one would realise - like the boy who 'cried wolf'. I think she had a point, but being pregnant with my pfb I'm aware I know very little about the realities of policing such behaviour. So, aibu to think it shouldn't be encouraged?

MummyPig24 Fri 23-Aug-13 19:26:44

Yanbu. I hate screeching. Unfortunately dd is a screecher and ds is a shouter. I have to remind them frequently that no one wants to hear them shouting and screaming and if they continue they will come in. Our ndns have 3yr old twins who shout over the fence to my 2 and its annoying as it encourages ds shouting. They are great kids and we get on well but stop bloody shouting, all of you!!

trinity0097 Fri 23-Aug-13 19:27:40

I can live with normal kids playing sounds, but I agree that screaming for no good reason, e,g I just screamed earlier this evening as my cat jumped up and dug claws and jaws into my leg, is unwarranted and parents should be disciplining their children to ensure that they are not playing out in an antisocial manner.

ILetHimKeep20Quid Fri 23-Aug-13 19:33:52

Kids playing isn't the problem, can be quite nice.

It's the pointless fucking screaming I can't abide.

MrsYamada Fri 23-Aug-13 19:38:38

Buy some ear-plugs.

Nagoo Fri 23-Aug-13 19:51:24

In my extended family screeching DC get sent upstairs as soon as it starts. You scream you don't get to play.

Play shrieking is different to a temper tantrum screaming session. The children screaming in a supermarket are screaming because they are objecting to a parent. I don't judge that, it's a temper tantrum, they all do it, and the parent is dealing with it.

Shrieking and screaming while playing that is allowed to go on and on gets on my tits because it happens due to the parent not bothering to tell them to STFU stop, in many circumstances I have heard.

Mumsyblouse Fri 23-Aug-13 20:01:37

I had one screamer who had the worst scream I've ever heard on a toddler it terrified us all, the childminder, anyone in a 10 mile radius and so on. But she screamed for anger/frustration one large scream and would then get removed/put in her cot if it carried on. I didn't just let her scream for hours at people, it was truly awful for us and we love her! Play screaming isn't permitted in my house, shrieking/fun shouting/laughing all ok, but not proper screaming, it's worrying for others if they hear a child scream properly.

cansu Fri 23-Aug-13 20:04:44

Child could have sn. My ds has ASD and is non verbal. He screeches and screams a lot. There isn't much that can be done about it. We do everything we can to keep him calm but sometimes he shouts or screams for no apparent reason.

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 23-Aug-13 20:08:45

My children scream. If I try and stop them then the neighbours just hear my screaming on too.

Just thank your lucky stars that you don't live as close to them as I do!!!

ketchupontoast Fri 23-Aug-13 20:14:54

Screaming doesn't bother me, its hearing - 'sticks and stones can break my bones but you mum will never fuck me' coming over my back wall from some 7 year olds, that disgusted me. When I went out to ask them to not be so disgusting but they had gone by the time I got out and I found my coping stones off the top of my wall broken (it was built 18 months ago) so when I see them there will be some very strong words said, pity the rain is being the police today!

comingalongnicely Fri 23-Aug-13 20:15:01

The brat next door screeches when he wakes up, when he goes to school , when he goes to bed, when his parents dare to say no....

It's never bloody ending.

I tolerate it, I've had kids, I know what they're like. Sometimes though, I think - "it's 07:00 on a Sunday morning, for christ's sake tell your fucking child to be quiet".

I did it to mine, you did it to yours - they're still healthy happy kids!!

I make allowances & would never say anything as that's life unfortunately. The fact that the mother seems unable to communicate with him by any other means than bellowing pisses me off mightily though....

I'll either win the lottery & move or go postal - time will tell....

ouryve Fri 23-Aug-13 20:15:30

DS2, with ASD and non verbal, is one heck of a screamer, sometimes, and it drives me to distraction. I reach a point where I end up numb to it. DS1, also with ASD, really struggles with it.

I still found it hard to tolerate a girl (NT) who used to live in our street who could not play out without being just plain shrill. Catch a ball shrieeeeek walk down the street with her friends shrieeek and, as soon as there was a big enough audience, she'd conduct every single conversation at the top of her effing shrill effing voice. She'd even talk to her mother, who was in the house, from the other side of the street, in the same way. Mother didn't pull her up on it any more than she'd pull her brother up for running in front of cars or hurling things at them, or taking the piss out of my kids.

twistyfeet Fri 23-Aug-13 20:19:25

dd is non verbal and screams a lot. I keep the windows shut and apologise to the neighbours constantly but there's nothing I can do. She is brain damaged. Drives me nuts too and I'm trapped in with her.

StillSlightlyCrumpled Fri 23-Aug-13 20:23:53

DS2 has hearing & speech impairment & he has a high pitched voice at the best of times, but when he is upset/ angry I'm quite sure the noise can be heard in space. Fortunately, as soon as I say 'shush!' he will try but by then the toddler has joined in, I have to be loud to be heard.....

I am strict about what time etc they are allowed outside though, & my lovely neighbours know about his difficulties.

StillSlightlyCrumpled Fri 23-Aug-13 20:24:28

Oh, YANBU at all to wish the child would be quiet.

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