How do you keep things quiet?

We do a number of things to keep the noise down in our house. One, whenever too many kids are talking or shouting over one another, I (Wendy) will yell “Tower!” and the kids must reply in unison, “Babel!” Then silence is expected. I then get the chance to talk and everyone listens to me.

We also have a daily “quiet time” where the children are required to find something to do by themselves that is quiet. This can include reading, doing homework, playing a game, or working on a project. This is usually the time I take advantage of to take a nap!

A general rule that we try to keep is avoiding talking over other people. When eating a meal together, we practice this often. This teaches the kids to be considerate of others and listen or join in conversation. This is challenging for little kids, but not impossible.

New Years 2004

Believe it or not, this is only 4 families enjoying one another on New Years Eve 2004.

About Wendy Jeub

Yes, Wendy Jeub has brought 16 children into the world, and loves each and every one of them. So much so, she'd welcome more!

  • D

    How do you manage to keep your children so well behaved?

  • http://ON,Canada Liza

    I think your family is setting such a wonderful example for the world. I too come from a large family(9) and I’ve had to dispell many myths to many people. We ate better than most smaller families and on a less budget. When families cook their own meals and learn self-sufficiency, everything tastes better! We were also more eco-friendly than most families because, out of necessity, we recycled, reused and reduced many things our modern decandent society feels that it can’t live without. And the same comment on our report card was always: They are so quiet and polite. How do you like them apples!

  • Michelle M.

    Thank you! I am a new mom of a 10 month old. I doubt we will have more than two, but you have inspired me. I have been moping around about being tired and disorganized. Wendy you have encouraged me to be a better wife and mom.

  • Sandra

    Thanks for being such an inspiration and being part of showing the world that a large family is fun,and that it can be done, with joy and happiness as well.I remember my dad always yelling at us,usually over minor things,and we were only a family of 2 children.I think about how much he needed to see a wonderful,large, happy family as an example,and so on that note,I think you are a part of showing the world that it can be accomplished.

  • Deannamary

    I dont like a quiet house lol, but i only have 4 so im sure it get much louder at your home! the best sound to me is kids playing and having fun.