I recently had an experience that's very similar to the question asked here How should I inform parents if their children are bothering me? but this time from the other side.
My kids are very noisy. I have 3 of them (1,3,5) and they are awsome. They have a diagnosis of 'signs of autistic behaviour', because they are too young to receive the official autistic diagnosis here but everyone (daycare teachers etc) seems to think they are.
Our 'problems' falls into 2 categories.
- they need constant supervision. They are all 3 very different but each in their own way have a way to 'demand' 24/7 attention. This means that if they are playing nice but a bit loud, or are singing or doing many things that fall in the 'loud but not dangerous nor totally obnoxious' category, it means i leave them at it to give the others attention.
- it is very hard to get through to them. They have to put their cloths on the exactly the right order. If we go for a walk and take a wrong turn i have to carry 1 or 2 kids back to the house screaming all the way. and many more examples like this
This results in that we are often 'behind the facts' and are just extinguising fires (figuratively) rather than having much time to teach them how to read their own books or anything i can do to teach them to act more quietly.
Now my neighbour complains that my kids are making noise all the time. And they are. If one of them is not crying they are literally squeaking and jumping of joy. And i honestly feed bad that when he took a few days off to study he can't concentrate because of my kids. Makes me wish they were only singing when on the bus.
Does anyone have some tips how i can teach my kids to calm down, especially in a house where most likely 1 or 2 others are not calm. It frustrates us probably just as much as our neighbour but I have no clue how to get ahead of our problems.