Why my children will be buying me hearing aids some day

Spoken with some satisfaction by my 10 year old daughter who arrived from Ethiopia last year.

“In Ethiopia [with first family] I don’t scream too much. But at Layla [Children’s House] there’s lots of kids and it was very loud and I practiced screaming.” She nodded with satisfaction. “Now I’m very good at it.”


  1. Oh, goodness, don’t I know this!!! Our daughter is finally moderating her voice, but her friends Cinnamon and Spice continue to scream nearly every word. My daughter competed with two other children in a foster home, but Cinnamon and Spice (twins) lived in an orphanage room with 12 other babies. Who knows how long it will take them to learn to whisper??? In the meantime, perhaps I should invest in earplugs.

  2. oh goodness. I feel for you. My youngest is just a naturally loud kid and it drives me insane… to have a child that happily practiced screaming would put me over the edge. LOL

  3. Ha! My two year old yells everything he says, but then we are a loud family. 🙂

  4. Hi Mary,

    This is off-topic, but I’m wondering what you do with all the pictures you take of your family. I only have two children, but I am already way behind on getting photos into albums. Any tips?

  5. This is just. to. funny.

    Good thing for us that a “piercing scream” doesn’t literally pierce, although sometimes I do wonder if my ear drums are bleeding. 😉

  6. What a wonderful personality she has!! To take a technique that few regard as a skill, recognize that she learned it during the one of the hardest times of her life, and to be proud that she worked hard to aquire it. She will go far!!!

  7. Sometimes I come here just for the funnies!
    Your kids are hilarious!