Being a practical and efficient woman I have to say Mum’s voice is the choice I have been making with my 2 year old lately over my normal voice.

I am sure all you mums reading this understand exactly what I am talking about when I say, Mum’s voice.

Mum’s voice is the half scream, very direct voice that snaps our kids in to line almost instantly.

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Where as normal voice when it comes to parenting I find you repeat yourself in this voice about five times. After the fifth time you still are not guaranteed a positive result. Talk about a time waster!

With my daughter the second Mum’s voice comes out asking her the exact same thing as I was asking with normal voice she jumps to and obeys. Now don’t get me wrong I do feel Mum’s voice has a expiry date. I’m thinking between 2-4 years old. After that the basic ground rules for existence should be established. Some examples:

  • Please do not draw on our couch with a permanent marker!
  • Please do not use the toilet brush to hit our family dog!
  • And my latest favourite. Please do not fill the toilet with a whole roll of toilet paper then flush it and flood our bathroom!

Normal voice in explaining the extreme ‘that’s not cool’ of these situations seems like a complete waste of time. I mean to be a multi tasking mum we need to be efficient right?!

So ladies when that Mum’s voice is required, even though we hate the sound of it ourselves, I say, it’s ok.

In two years from now you will have many new and exciting challenges with these little ones!

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  • Yes I agree with that, cheers.

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  • In closing, I gave to add that not even the mum voice is guaranteed to always work :(

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  • Cool! This is interesting! Thank you for sharing this!

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  • Love this! I seem to have a mum’s voice constantly to get through to my kids I mean business. Otherwise they think I’m a softy!

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  • Fun reading the article. It reminded me when my children were growing up and I would talks sternly with them they would say. ‘Mums using her man voice again’.

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  • Great article, sometimes the Mum’s voice just needs to come out!

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  • true, You require commanding and sometimes and be soft at sometimes,,


    • yeah the mum voice hardly works but the dad voice…..lol

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  • Lol kids are so frustrating sometimes. All you can do is walk away and laugh.

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  • my kids are the same wish it was different but when you want things done ever it is the only thing to do

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  • oh yeh mums voice is necessary just dont do it too often when they are older mums voice gets ignored too.

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  • lol i agree about the 2-4 year line. this was funny to read. you should also mention the dad voice. i went shopping with hubby and i am asking my child to hold my hand and getting the NO! then daddy asks the same thing and my child willingly reaches for his hand. he used his normal voice though! lol

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  • I stop myself when I hear myself doing it. I can’t stand that voice coming from me.

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  • I try not to raise my voice.. But really don’t get heard when I don’t say things louder!

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  • Oh yeah ‘mum’s voice’ – that’s me at least 100 times a day.

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  • interesting read – we do change our voices with out realising sometimes!

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