Thursday, April 30, 2009

WHAT??????? I CAN"T HEAR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you have a loud child? A child who's voice carries above all others? Always. Without fail.

Be louder. Shout in Target. Stop walking...stand still and shout, "WHAT???????!!!!!!! I'M SORRY.......HONEY, BUT YOU WERE SPEAKING SO LOUDLY I COULDN'T HEAR YOU!!!!!!! WOULD YOU KINDLY REPEAT THAT????!?!?!?!?!!!"

Eventually, your child will get the point and his/her voice will lower....falling into what's considered a socially appropriate range.

Of do this you must not be concerned about silly things like embarrassment or sticking out like a sore thumb.


Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

I have no embarassment left in me. What I dread are the pitiful looks from strangers!

Simply Moms said...
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Simply Moms said...

I am not beyond responding to the pitiful looks w/in earshot of Girlie.

To the complete stranger.....
"Yeah...I know....we are having a hard time relationally over here. It's a big bummer. You can pray for me that it all works out."

Then, I say to my child..."Your behavior says to everyone around you that you need attention. You seem to want control and you got it just then. Did the getting attention thing work for you?"

This is where we've gotten to after 9 years of trying everything else you can think of. It's the only thing (combined w/other things) that has made a difference.

Lasting? I sure hope so.

It appears that way.

Now she is at the point where she is horrified whenever there is a random person calling attention to themselves. "Mom, that person sooooo needs to be the center of attention. It's so obvious and soooooo inappropriate!"


Lisa said...

Wow - great idea - that would soooo work with my daughter - she'd be so embarrassed by me hollering back at her in a restaurant or store, but I don't think I could do it. :(

I also like Simply Moms' idea above. I think I could probably pull that one off, although I'm not a good on-the-spot thinker.