It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Through a Mirror, Dimly

“Arthur, please lower your voice.”


“Yes, you are. Please lower your voice.”



“Why are you shouting?”

March 7, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. *sigh*

    Christopher, too, has no volume control. It’s grating at times.

    Comment by Candace | March 7, 2006 | Reply

  2. That’s Elcie all over. Her voice would break glass and dogs all over the world would whine in chorus.

    Comment by Granny | March 7, 2006 | Reply

  3. Bwahahah!

    Sorry. But really, it’s so funny!

    Comment by Susan | March 7, 2006 | Reply

  4. OMG, we have this conversation daily. With my twelve year old.

    Comment by jen-o-rama | March 7, 2006 | Reply

  5. I was talking to K’s speech therapist a week or so ago and she said that even though they don’t say something the proper way, when you say it wrong they will call you out. Kids know there’s a difference, but not how to fix their speech. Our example was K saying “milt” for “milk” but if you say “milt” she’ll tell you know, and may even attempt to correct you!

    Comment by Angela | March 7, 2006 | Reply

  6. Candace: I have very low tolerance for noise. I know, it would seem to be a huge disadvantage in my chosen profession, and at times like this, it can seem so. However, time and time again, parents comment on how peaceful my home is, despite the numbers of children within.

    Granny: Sounds appealing…

    Susan: Don’t be sorry! It was supposed to be funny. I laughed, too, when it happened. As I bashed my head into the wall…

    Jen: Why they don’t come equipped with volume controls I will never know. One of life’s little injustices. More energy than you will ever have – and volume, to boot.

    Angela: Always. So there I was, explaining that I was only talking EXACTLY as loud as he’d been talking. If I was shouting, SO WAS HE.


    He, however, can moderate his voice. He just doesn’t, much. Loud is his default.

    Comment by Mary P. | March 7, 2006 | Reply

  7. Once again, Arthur could be Bryce. We do this with him all the time. And I do a lot of heavy sighing. Sheesh!

    Comment by Kristen | March 7, 2006 | Reply

  8. For adults, the only chance to scream and shout without getting disapproving looks, is probably at a pop concert or party. I wish there’s more chances to voice ourselves more freely.

    Comment by Queen Bee | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  9. Kristen: Heavy sighing? So do I! Another source of energy: heavy parental sighs across the country. If we could harness them? I know MY hydro bills would go down.

    QueenBee: One of the many reasons I attempt to get them out each and every day is so that they get to use those “outside voices” I keep talking about! Seems only fair, when I make such an issue of “inside voices” indoors.

    Comment by Mary P. | March 8, 2006 | Reply

  10. Kid logic! Cracks me up every time!

    Comment by Andie D. | March 10, 2006 | Reply

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