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Kids' Constant Need for Noise

Like many homes, my house is full of noise and chaos when the children are home. The sound of children playing is one thing, the constant background noise of loud electronics is something else

06/11/2015

 

When my kids are home, a typical day in the house could easily be described as mayhem. It's sometimes so noisy my ears hurt. Even the cats want to leave.

Sometimes I look at other parents (mums actually) and marvel at their ability to exercise control over all things calm and domestic:

  • the laundry and vacuuming are done
  • the beds are neatly made
  • toys are organised into one of those magical IKEA storage walls
  • the dog is walked (and washed)
  • the family dinner is planned out before 3pm, just in time for tired, grateful kids and hubby to tumble through the door.

Peace and quiet then ensues, with kids studiously doing their homework before dinner, bath time and a quiet bedtime story at 7.30 sharp.

Never a moment's peace

Alright, I exaggerate, but seriously, I've been noticing more and more that when I have a full house I can honestly say there is never a single moment's peace, and the main culprit?

Background noise.

Constant noise

It's always there. Not background noise in a good way, i.e. conversing, creating, laughing etc. but noise in the form of loud radio, TV and, worst of all, YouTube.

It's absolutely maddening. This constant flow of pointless diatribe into every room of the house has quickly become the bane of my life. Due to the portable nature of some of its perpetrators, you can't even contain it!

As if loud TV wasn't bad enough, kids with gadgets are able to follow you everywhere; eager to share the latest hilarious viral YouTube video, game, vlog or whatever the heck they're called.

Trying to 'switch off'

Cooking used to be a nice way for me to switch off my brain and get creative. Not now, oh no. Instead of listening to some nice music whilst chopping and stirring, I have to listen to Annoying Orange or PointlessBlog.

Laptops and iPads are unceremoniously dumped on the worktop, right in my way and at risk of getting covered in gravy, just so I can be introduced to Tobuscus or watch another poor sucker endure the cinnamon challenge. The conversation usually goes a bit like this:

"Mum, you'll love this one"

"Not now, I'm cooking"

"Just watch this one"

"No, I'm cooking. There's hot stuff everywhere, please move the laptop"

"Mum, just watch this.."

"NO. MOVE THE LAPTOP"

"Ugh. Fine. You never want to watch anything with me"

"I'M COOKING YOUR DINNER!!"

"Ugh"

Technology is part of life

It's not that I hate technology. I work for a software company so I have to be a little bit interested. I also know kids are growing up in a world where iPads, laptops and smart phones are a part of life. It's just the continuous nature of it all that bugs me.

And the inability to understand that the occasional bit of peace and quiet can be a wonderful thing.

Craving peace and quiet

I can clearly remember craving peace and quiet when I was a kid, I still do. I would actually take myself off to my room and read a book. Yes, I used to read books - without being told to!

Oh dear. I've just read that last bit back. I do sound a bit old. Maybe I just have to adapt, or admit the fact that I'm turning into a grumpy old woman.

And do you know what? That's fine, I'm okay with that, as long as I can be a grumpy old woman in peace!

Jayne, Working Mum and Freelance Editor

 
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