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Posted on December 5, 2017 by Christine Crosby in grandchildren, Nanahood.com, noise, sounds

Top 5 Sounds This Nana and Poppa Don’t Want To Hear

Top 5 Sounds This Nana and Poppa Don’t Want To Hear

By Teresa Kindred


When our grandchildren are playing and having fun we love the sounds they make….most of them.

We love hearing them talk to each other. Their conversations are so funny. Like the time we took them to a corn maze and my 5-year-old granddaughter runs inside then turns around and yells at the top of her voice to her 4-year-old cousin, “Go back! It’s a trap!”

I could listen to the sound of their laughter 24/7. There just isn’t anything sweeter than the sound of children laughing.

Not Good Sounds

But there are some sounds that grate on our nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard. Here are the Top 5 sounds we DON’T want to hear.

5. Squealing.

My husband just got hearing aids (my turn will come soon enough) and when all the littles are over and squeal (especially the granddaughters) my husband describes the sound this way, “It’s like hearing a high pitched musical note so loud and shrill that it shatters glass!”

It didn’t take Poppa long to figure out that when the littles are coming over…the hearing aids go in the drawer.

4. Whining.

All kids do it. Ours did and I didn’t like it then either. I can take it for awhile but then it’s either time for a nap or timeout (for me or the kids).

3. Crying.

SOUNDSIf our grandchildren cry then they are either hurt or unhappy and Nana and Poppa will do everything in their power to rectify the situation!

2. Goodbye.

Obviously, if they say “Goodbye” they are leaving and Nana and Poppa are always sad to see them go (even if they are having a day when they whine a lot).

1. The number one thing we don’t want to hear is…..annoying toys.

SOUNDSYou know the ones I’m talking about. You think if you hear them just. one. more. time. you will go insane! Personally, I think it’s a plot by evil toy makers to see if they can come up with something to drive the parents and grandparents batty. After hearing a toy bus play “The Wheels on the Bus” 1,000 times I decided it had to go. Then while I was cleaning out the toy closet I found the number one “grandparent nerve destroyer”….the dreaded popper machine. The one that has little-colored balls inside it that makes noise every time it’s moved. EEEK, that thing drives me crazy! But not anymore. As you can see they recently “got lost.”

Do any of your grandchildren’s toys mysteriously disappear from your house?

Teresa Kindred, founder of nanahood.com

This post originally appeared on www.nanahood.com


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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