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What Language Am I Speaking?

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Admittedly, I am a yeller. I prefer to use my Mary Poppins, soothing as a lullaby, calming voice when I speak to children. But, the princess cannot hear me when I speak in that tone. No matter how many times I repeat myself, she simply is unable to respond, until I yell. Then, she gets upset.

This pattern has repeated itself so many times, I actually got her hearing checked. I literally took her to the pediatrician to ask about potential hearing loss or damage that had previously gone undetected. The results were amazing—she hears perfectly. Well, she hears everything, except for my voice, perfectly.

I have often wondered if we somehow were speaking different languages. Like, I was speaking English—as it is the only language I can speak—and she maybe speaks Italian, and I was just unaware. But, that is also not the case. She just chooses not to hear me, EVER.

I have tried to ask her to repeat the words I just spoke to her. I have tried turning off any and all background noise. I have tried time outs, taking away privileges, and adding chores to her list. None of this helps her to hear simple requests, like “please put your shoes away”.

Recently, I figured out that it maybe isn’t just my princess. I’ve been out with MFH and her kids, and they can’t hear us either. My conclusion is this: although we speak the same language and I speak audibly, children cannot hear the decibel at which grownups speak. Unless, we are talking about something the interests them, like candy or vacation plans, or something we don’t want them to hear.

If your children can hear you, please let me know what your secret is—I promise I’ll try that next.

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My name is Mom. I live in Fairy Tale Land with a Pirate, a Fairy and the Princess. My job duties include: head cook, Chief Executive of Laundry Operations, Vacuum Maintenance Engineer, Chief of Picking up Random objects and Primary Sherpa. I spend a great deal of time carrying sparkly, sequined, glitter covered tutus and miscellaneous dance shoes for the Princess. I long for moments of quiet and a mani/pedi. Trying to strike a balance between being a grown up and being a good mom. FairyTaleMom tagged this post with: , , Read 52 articles by

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