Most kids are inherently louder than adults (or the majority of adults) can handle. They don't really master that whole "inside voice" thing until, well, I'm actually not sure when that happens. There is, however, a special breed of kid that takes the meaning of "loud" to a whole new level, and if you're the parent of one of those kids, I'm so sorry. I'm sorry because I'm one of them and I get it and I know the struggles. Oh man, the struggles. Arguably the biggest struggle is dealing with all the things things parents of loud kids are tired of hearing; things that people apparently feel comfortable saying to complete strangers; things that I truly believe cause shame and perpetuate judgment and make us parents feel like we need to constantly be apologizing for our kids.
I have two loud kids. They're the kind of "uninhibited loud" that makes non-parents turn around and give dirty looks, and other parents nod their heads and roll their eyes. They're not screamers and they don't really do public tantrums but boy oh boy, do they ever love to sing. At the top of their lungs. In public places. Around absolute strangers. While I know there's a time and a place for singing loudly (I am a former opera singer myself, after all), the idea of cramping their style, or putting a lid on their joy, just doesn't seem right.
Kids deserve to be kids and if that means they're louder than what other people are comfortable with (in the appropriate setting), I kind of feel like those other people just need to get over themselves. As the parent of loud kids, I need to pick and choose my battles and fighting to keep my kids quiet in the grocery store is lower on my list of priorities than keeping them quiet in a funeral home. So, if you're someone who's likely to come up and complain about my kids, how about, instead, you just continue to do your thing and trust me that I'll be able to sufficiently do mine? On that note, here are nine things parents of loud kids are tired of hearing: