When Claire is screaming, squeaking, wiggling, pacing, fluffing and won’t leave me alone, it means that her hormones are at their height.
To help her relax, I give her quiet alone time with chamomile tea, dim the lights and play Pandora’s Ambient music station.
The organic chamomile is brewed in her bowl, then diluted 50% with cool water. She enjoys it more when you drink with her.
When she is done with her tea, I tell her to “just whisper” a phrase she picked up from years ago, when she came to live with me, and I close the door. After a little chatter, there is silence.