I have a bunch of kids. Not as many as the old woman in the shoe, but still a bunch. And my bunch of kids has taken on my love of talking. But to the extreme. This house is noisy all.the.time and I'm gonna go out of my mind. While I fully realize that I cannot have the quiet, peaceful house in my dreams, I do think that having a calmer house is a possibility. I'll give you an example: This morning after breakfast, it was time for clean-up chores. They did their chores---no problem there---but while they did them, they were ALL talking at the same time. How they understand one another and keep the many conversations straight is beyond me, but they do it. It doesn't bother them in the least. But my left eye began to twitch (not really). That is a LOT of noise. I have a friend who, when her many children all take to talking at once, she sends them outside. Well, that works when there are no indoor chores to be done, but what about all the other times? Is it too much to ask? If it's not, how do I accomplish the task without pinning on the "Naggy Mom" badge? Should I just get over it and let them be kids? Oh, and don't get me started about time around the table. I spend most of my table time shushing, directing voice traffic, and getting an ulcer. Sigh. I would like to enjoy a pleasant meal without constant chatter. And I'm not exaggerrating. If anything, I haven't painted a noisy enough picture. However you are picturing this, magnify it. It's loud (not yelling loud. Just a crowd of people talking, loud). I'm not one of those "Kids should be seen and not heard" people, but man I could use some quiet. And for the record, they are this way from the very moment they open their eyes in the morning until they close them at night (and I'm not convinced they don't talk in their sleep. LOL!). Every waking moment is ALL KIDS ALL THE TIME! How do I get them to quiet down without squelching their fun? Funny isn't it---how as parents we rejoice over their first word and then lament all the noise later? :laugh: Looking for been-there-done-that advice. Thanks!