This is the flip side of yelling at kids to *get them* to stop doing whatever they are doing which is frustrating. My younger kids were getting more and more antsy and screaming and whining more and more in the last few months. It was admittedly hard to listen to. What I saw happening was that the younger kids were being left in the dust as schooling with the older children got better and better. This is a challenge of homeschooling a large age span. Small children do get more whiny and scream the more there isn't time for them.
I jokingly asked our doctor if he had a prescription for Antiscreamotics. Well, my own medicine for the little peeps was to recognize how their buckets were not getting filled. A concerted effort to spend time with the younger ones even if it is more difficult to get things done has actually helped eliminate the screaming. Snuggling with their little selves, reading to them, gardening with them,singing hymns with them and even taking one of them with on errands has gone a long way to lower their own frustrations.
I am a question asker too. Asking even small questions of the child such as whether they would like to pour their cereal or if they would like me to do it for them. (Trying to think of an example). If they are on errands with me, just talking to them about what we see and listening to their jabbering. These conversations go a long way towards calming their screaming muscle. Oh.....here is another example which just happened. Three year old, "Mom, I am done with my banana." Me, "Now what do you with it?" Ingrid, "Put it in the trash can." "Yes."
A recent conversation with one of middlin' kids was about hearing that they are doing something right. Their grumpy seems to go away just like the little ones, when they hear what they are doing right and how we are proud of them and love them. Honestly just the simple declaration of loving them helps both you and the kids. You and anyone for that matter. As sinful people there is the sad irony that it is a lot easier to let our family know what they are doing wrong rather than telling them how proud we are of them, that we love them, and also what they are doing right.
These sort of things are my prescription of Antiscreamotics. Thanks be to God for Christ's love and forgiveness for US even when we are sinful through and through.