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October 08, 2008


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Oh, don't I wish I had had one of these ten or fifteen years ago!! Thank goodness we're pretty much beyond this -- actually, it's often the opposite: getting some conversation going at the dinner table can be difficult with teenagers.

Mom: What was the best thing that happened for you today? (Please note the open-ended question -- no "yes" or "no" types here!)

Teenager 1: (Shrug)
Teenager 2: Nothing.
Mom: (Sigh)

But I do remember those days where the noise level was often deafening. I'm glad someone came up with a device to help with that whole scenario.

As for your so-far mythical jar, a mayonnaise jar or an old coffee can should work... let the kids decorate it as an afternoon project, if you want to.

Family of four -- $1 a day seems a reasonable price to pay for an evening of manageable sound levels. You might also find out how much it costs for several local treats -- bowling, for instance, or renting a family-oriented video -- so you don't fall into the trap of heading for the local ice cream parlor every time ;-) Or save up and buy a new board game that you all can play... or a jigsaw puzzle you can all work on...

Zen Mama Wannabe

Ah, LarkLady - life with teenagers...I can't wait! :)

I am gonna get that jar made this week (maybe even tomorrow) - and I know my "helpers" will want to decorate it. Might as well involve them as much as possible.

As for your suggestions on the "treats" - thanks so much. Those were good ideas and they got me thinking outside the box (or the ice cream store I should say).


There is something for everything out there! What a great idea. I have two loud talkers at my house and three if you count me trying to be heard over my loud talkers. I remember when I was growing up that I was always told to "shhhhh" (I don't think the term "inside voices" was used back then :) I am off to buy one.


Now that is a neat idea. My youngest son will still chatter alot, but that doesn't bother me. It's the "chatter" ie bickering between he and his older brother that get really loud and annoying.


I wish I had one of these when I was teaching 5th grade. I discovered one while I was subbing in a 4th grade classroom a few years later. It was fabulous. It helped me keep the students under control and helped me keep my volume down. Anyone who knows me knows I could lower the volume of my voice.

Zen Mama Wannabe

Apparently they had one of these in one of the classrooms at my son's elementary school. Of course I never heard about it until AFTER I found mine (guess it never occurred to him it would be a cool thing to have at our house too).

Yes, if only they had one for bickering - talk about one hot product! I know I'd be vying for the first spot in line!


This could very well be the greatest invention ever created. Did they make this knowing my family? I can't wait to get this - i wonder who will set it off first the kids or my husband! :)

Zen Mama Wannabe

Yeah - it's nearly 50-50 in our house. Like I said, it's good for EVERYONE'S voice volume!! :)

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