There are 4 tiny little humans that live in my house with me. They are each capable of making copious amounts of noise and it seems like they constantly are. Sometimes they are just talking too loud, other times they are making bizarre noises with their mouth, and still other times they are banging on stuff.
I don’t understand why but my kids are waging an all out war against silence. It’s not some passive thing where occasionally the volume gets high, it’s an active assault against my sanity. And if for some reason I make the critical mistake of answering or making a phone call, then all pandemonium breaks out. The kids lose what little ability they had to regulate their volume and proceed to run around the house slamming into walls and each other.
I read a recent blogger, Martyn from Inside Martyn’s Thoughts, where he described his kids as constantly making noises all day too and coined it Toddler Tourettes. Not to make light of anyone with tourettes but it does sometimes seem like they are unable to control themselves from making noises. I’m wondering if they just have too much energy and they need to run around and burn more of it off.
I’m also wondering if they make bark collars for kids. Ok, I’m not really wondering that but sometimes I think about it. I think about duct tape a lot too. Maybe just a small piece over their lips….oh, relax, I would never. What I will do, in all honesty, is send them outside to the back yard where I tell them to run around and get out some of their energy. Sometimes they are eager to go, other times they complain like I just gave them 7 hours of homework.
They are so loud I have even told them a few times that they were being too loud outside! They will decide to start screaming and all four will just scream and scream and scream as if they are in mortal danger. They think it’s hilarious. I always just figure they will get tired in 20 seconds. Wrong. 3 minutes will go by and they are all still screaming at the top of their lungs. I’m worried a neighbor will call the police thinking there is a real emergency going on. So then I’ll have to tell them to stop screaming outside. Of course, they always respond with “But Daddy, you said we scream outside, not inside.”
Oh for the love, I just can’t win!
Anyone else battling with a loud household? Any tips to keep the volume at a reasonable level?
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