You better shutup all that screamin’

Three kids are playing or doing whatever in their backyard. I can’t see them, I can only hear them because they’re all yelling at each other.

Suddenly, the voice of what is likely the father drowns them all out with, “You better shutup all that screamin’!”

I’m not questioning this parenting method at all; I’m just telling the story as a fan of irony.

(Additional irony is that this follows the “Peaceful Waves” post. Serenity now!)



about 15 years ago

I like that and I plan to use it.

As a dad who's done his share of disciplinin' and screamin' as well as quieter forms of persuasion and attitude adjustment, I'll just say sometimes the words just come out all wrong. In the heat of the moment, I've called my kids by the wrong name, the dog or cat name, or just been downright incoherent, I'm sure.


about 15 years ago

Dido Brian - I've got one kid, Auggie, and a dog, Ollie.  Never can keep them straight - especially when there is cleaning up to be done.


about 15 years ago

*nods* to brian.

numerous times.


about 15 years ago

I've been in fatherhood trainings all week.  This is really funny.  We're all so imperfect, yet fatherhood is awesome, at times just because of that imperfection, as long as they show up and try their best every day, that's half the battle of parenthood.  Showing up.


about 15 years ago

Screaming is the sole method of communication at the house next to ours. Mom will be in the back yard or in the house and the girls in the front, and they will holler at the top of their lungs instead of just wandering over and asking their question. They all pile into the minivan together and scream at each other (and slam the doors so our windows rattle), and you can hear them screaming at each other inside their house though all the are windows closed. Also, the girls derive all of their entertainment from shrieking. When they talk to my dog, it's happily but at the top of their lungs. Trampolining requires screaming. Sometimes a friend from up the street will come over and they will stand in the front yard and just scream at the tops of their lungs.

Yeah, could you turn up the stereo, please?

Paul Lundgren

about 15 years ago

Karasu, your comment makes me feel like we might have the same neighbor. The minivan, the trampoline -- it all fits the profile.

Strange thing: There are two trampolines on one block in my neighborhood. What parent buys a trampoline when the kids could just go over and use the neighbors'? There must be a feud going on, or maybe the two families went in together on a buy-one-get-one-free trampoline sale. 

Anyway, aside from all the yelling, I'm having a perfect Duluth day. One of my quieter neighbors made me a pineapple pie.


It's pretty much the most awesome thing ever.


about 15 years ago

I scream.
You scream.
We all scream for... pineapple pie.


about 15 years ago

Like Paul, I must say, Karasu, you must live nearby.  My neighbors are pretty incessant about using loud voices as a punishment tactic; mostly apparent during summer months when the windows are down in the eve.  Very little forgiveness going on over in their family "space".  But, I'm not a parent yet, so at the moment, I don't much care about misbehaving/loud kids.  I even let them bounce balls off our home walls without restraint.  No broken windows... yet.


about 15 years ago

Paul: heh, our neighbor kid used to go to the trampoline at the house kitty-corner to ours until they got their own. Maybe neither set of parents wanted to deal with the lawsuit involved when someone breaks their neck on it.

Brian: nicely played. : D

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