Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.

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How To Get Your Toddler To Be Quiet…Maybe!

Sorry for making you deaf, Mommy!

What, is this some kind of joke?  Toddlers are never quiet except while sleeping!

No my friends, I would not joke about something this serious (:

My son has been very unruly this last week for some reason, just chock full of wiggles, giggles, and the most obnoxious and ear-splitting sounds you can imagine, and I have been attempting anything and everything that I could.

Some of these tips I have learned from Isaac’s preschool teachers, and some by trial and error, so feel free to give them a try and see if they work for your noisy toddler like they did for mine!

  • Make it a game — see who can be the quietest, speak the softest, walk without talking, and so on, because what toddler can resist a challenge?
  • Catch your bubble — this was one I saw at preschool and had no idea what they were up to… When they have circle time, the teachers ask everyone to catch their bubble in their mouth, which means “hush yo face” in a nice way. The kids think it’s great fun to pretend to catch a bubble in their mouth and hold it, which of course renders them speechless. Love it! This one works most often at home too.
  • Inside voice/outside voice — make the distinction clearly between how loud we are indoors as opposed to out, and join in with them as well to make it more amusing.
  • Feed them — sounds simple but hey, maybe they are hungry and it’s much more difficult to be loud with food in their mouths.
  • Tell them that their loud voices are frightening the little (insert any animal friend or TV character of your choice). Isaac seems quite apologetic when I tell him he is scaring the birdies at the feeder or one of the pets, and says sorry to them in a tiny voice.
  • Rewards and incentives are always worth a try, but Isaac seems immune right now to stickers, high fives, and even poo-poo cars!
  • When all else fails, take them outside and let them yell to their hearts content. I join in sometimes if I’m feeling particularly frustrated!

Do you have any tips to turn down the volume on a little one?

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