Oh, the screaming.
Jaxon has discovered the power of his lungs.
He has learned he can stop everything with a single, well timed 10 second long shriek. If we're lucky, it's just a single shriek. On most days, though, that first shriek is followed by another, and a third and so on until he gets what he wants or gets tired of it and moves on to another activity.
He does this in the car, when he wants out of his car seat, or just wants to let us all know he's not pleased with being strapped in.
He does this in church, when we won't hand over the pen, or allow him to dump his cup of water everywhere.
He does it in restaurants, where even hard of hearing old ladies turn to say "My, my, he is excited."
It's driving us insane.
I have noticed that he does it more when his siblings are around. For example, for The Great Cloth Diaper Change the other day, I was gone from home for about 6 hours. I think Jaxon screamed maybe 4 times the entire time, and each time, it was a single shriek, not the incessant screaming that drives everyone within a 2 mile radius crazy. Right now, he and I are home alone and have been for 2 hours and he hasn't screamed once. So I'm kind of thinking he does it to make sure he is the center of attention, which is hilarious because if you happen to know our family, you know that Jaxon definitely does not suffer from a lack of attention.
Anyone have any ideas for how to discourage this type of behavior? Our current methods are NOT working.