Can your kids keep their voices down?

@GreenMoo (11842)
March 14, 2008 2:22am CST
Every morning my eldest son has to get up before the rest of the family in order to get ready for school. And every morning I must tell him to keep his voice down about 50 times. Seriously, it just goes in one ear & out of the other. I might as well talk to myself. Are all kids like this or is mine just particularly awful? And is there a way of making the message sink in?
3 responses
@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
19 Mar 08
My youngest does this... she's 14 now, but has always been loud! We'll be sitting at the dinner table and she's telling a story and she's so loud that we have to tell her not to yell! She doesn't even realize she's doing it. She just gets animated or really into telling the story and gets louder and louder.... We've had her ears tested to see if she was hard of hearing, thinking that may be why she's so loud, but they were fine. I think some kids may talk loudly because they feel like they need to talk over all the other kids in school. I don't know it it's true or not, but it's a thought!
@GreenMoo (11842)
19 Mar 08
Oh no! I was hoping he'd grow out for it before too long, but now you're telling me it could go on into his teens!
@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
14 Mar 08
I think almost everything our child does depends on what they see on us. How we role-model attitudes, values and priorities in life is what molds them into what they. I must admit i'm a screamer and a loud-talker which also makes my child do things that I do like screaming the house down when I am angry or when I need someone. Perhaps we must set example in talking down and keeping in mind that other people might be irritated hearing or voices over and over again.
@GreenMoo (11842)
14 Mar 08
I think that's a very good point Chrysz, but I think that in this case it's just forgetting to keep the volume turned down because of the rest of the household sleeping. He's just chatting to me about school and friends and life in general, but somehow it comes out so much louder than I'd like! I did wonder whether he had problems hearing, but he seems to be fine in that department.
@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
14 Mar 08
I'm facing that too. I think most kids are like this and most of the time I ended up to be the one screaming early in the morning. Sometime I ignore my son when he is too loud and at times he will stop talking or lower his volume.
@GreenMoo (11842)
14 Mar 08
gosh I wish i could ignore him when he is loud! But if I did he would wake his little brother.
@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
15 Mar 08
Oh, thats a headache if he has a little brother who is still sleeping. Maybe if you wisper to him and make it a fun thing to do. Hope this help.
@GreenMoo (11842)
19 Mar 08
Anything is worth a try, I'll give whispering with him a try. Thanks.