Pet peeve of mine: screaming kids.
Not kids who scream while they throw a fit or scream just to hear the sound of their own voice.
I’m talking about kids who run around the yard playing, screaming their little heads off in delight, and no one minds because, after all, they’re outside and it’s not bothering anyone, why not let them use that energy?
Now here’s the thing. It’s not a “pet peeve” because it annoys me. Rather, it worries me. It’s a safety issue.
When I was a kid, my mom never allowed us to scream, not even in fun, not even outside.
Well, if you’re so used to hearing kids scream, how will you know when something is really wrong?
Screaming is a good indication of a medical emergency, but it is also a warning of other emergencies, too.
Take abductions, for instance. We tell kids that if someone tries to grab them, then they are supposed to scream and kick and bite, etc. But if adults are so used to hearing kids screaming in play that it doesn’t even alarm them, kids have just lost their best line of defense – help.
So, all that to say that, Hunter has somehow gotten into the habit of screaming (in play, outside) lately.
I’m not sure how I let it develop but, it ends today. Hopefully.
I do sound exactly like my mother as I ask him, “Are you broken or bleeding? Are you being kidnapped by a stranger? No? Then don’t scream. Screaming is to alert other people that there is danger.”
“And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.”
Hunter is 4 years, 2 months old