Monday, July 12, 2010

The Scream

Why is it that my daughter's response to any hardship is a piercing squeal? My son does not do this. I have only witnessed it in girls. From another room this sound could mean that A) She is running around and having fun with my older son B) My older son just did something to tick her off C) She just cut off a limb. See the dilemma? You can’t rush into the room every five minutes looking panicked only to find that she is actually having fun and that the squeal was one of delight. If you do this most likely she has spotted you and now you will have to play with her when she was perfectly fine using her own imagination only moments ago. You can’t go back. Trying to convince your kids to “Resume play, nothing to see here” is really hard. I have literally pulled up, tried to hide behind a scratching post made for cats, and tried to Scooby Doo walk (a slow backwards walk as to not attract attention) out of the room before she spied me. It has to be genetic. Maybe it is based on female hormones but I supposed it is one that carries on later in life. Go to a concert and guys are screaming “woo” , “yeah” and probably some expletives. Women however, are screaming at the top of their lungs…that long piercing “Woooooooo” that seems to go on forever. Clearly it is to get attention, but I thought women are better with words than guys are. I Googled “Why do girls scream so much?” and I found that women said that they scream as a release for some anxiety they have faced. They scream when they are proposed to, they scream when a huge spider is in the bathroom, they scream when they are reunited with long lost girl friends or if their sister borrowed their favorite jeans and ruined them. Basically, anything is scream-worthy. So for now, I guess I just have to screen the screams. Maybe one day I will know if it is a good or bad scream. Now, I have a hankering for some ice cream.


  1. Love this! So true! Charlotte screams at everything from "I'm having fun playing with the cat" to "Stop brushing my hair, I told you I didn't want it brushed!" Glad to know I'm not alone, although with 2 girls, I suppose that can only mean the screaming will double soon!

  2. Yeah, I know. My older brother has three girls so I am sure he could speak from experience too. Screaming in stereo...not so good for mommy's sanity.

  3. Howdy! I just came across your blog and thought I'd say hello. I'm a stay at home dad with two boys (oldest is 5 and a nearly 1 year old) living in Fairport. It's nice to see I'm not the only SAHD in the area although it often feels like it! :)