It’s too quiet!

Be­ware The Sound of Si­lence!

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Joe Capell for Serve Daily

Chil­dren make a lot of noise. They make sad noises when they cry. They make an­noy­ing noises when they ar­gue with each other. They make happy sounds when they are play­ing. They make gig­gly sounds when they are laugh­ing. There are good sounds and bad sounds, but there is one sound that is scarier than them all: The sound of si­lence.

If a child is mak­ing no sound at all, it's time to get wor­ried. Chances are they are get­ting into some­thing they shouldn't be get­ting into, and they don't want you to find out about it.

When my kids are be­ing ab­so­lutely quiet, it might mean they have snuck into the pantry and are eat­ing ce­real right out of the box. (Or the floor, which is where a lot of the ce­real ends up.)

When my kids are be­ing ab­so­lutely quiet, it might mean that they have snuck into my room, climbed onto my bed, grabbed the re­mote, and tried to or­der Net­flix. (My youngest is not yet two years old, but he con­sis­tently tries to get us signed up for Net­flix.)(Mean­while, my three-year-old likes to push but­tons on the re­mote while yelling, "Come on, Elmo!" At our house, we call this "Elmo roulette.")

When my kids are be­ing ab­so­lutely quiet, it might mean they have grabbed a crayon and/or marker and are re­dec­o­rat­ing our re­frig­er­a­tor.

When my kids are be­ing ab­so­lutely quiet, it might mean they might have snuck away to the cat food dish, where they will eat the cat food and/or splash in the cat wa­ter.

When my kids are be­ing ab­so­lutely quiet, it might mean they have ven­tured off to the bath­room, where they are (very qui­etly) un­rolling every last square of the toi­let pa­per.

When my kids are be­ing ab­so­lutely quiet, it might mean that they've wan­dered into the kitchen to turn off the dish­washer in the mid­dle of a cy­cle. (Yes, it has a "Child Lock" fea­ture. Un­for­tu­nately, the only one of us who has fig­ured out how to use the "Child Lock" is the child un­der the age of two.)

Hav­ing said all of this, there are rare oc­ca­sions when the si­lence is good. Every once in a while, when my kids are be­ing quiet, it might mean they have grabbed a book and are read­ing.

And, on the rarest of oc­ca­sions, when my kids are be­ing quiet, it might mean they have curled up with a blan­ket and are tak­ing a nap. That's when the si­lence is golden!

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Photo: Joe Capell

Charlee helps her­self to a snack.

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