Monkey loves to hear his own voice. He’s practicing a lot now and can’t always understand why the middle of a restaurant isn’t a good time to see how loud he can shout.
We try to get him to reduce the volume when situation requires, we let him know that his voice sounds lovely and we tell him he is oh so clever for learning a new word. But at 13 months, he is exploring. I want him to learn the many sounds he is capable of. I love hearing the excitement he vocalises when his food arrives in a restaurant or he sees something colourful in a store.
What I don’t appreciate are the tuts, the stares, the eye rolls. If he was a few years older, I understand that he will need to know the right time to be loud. But for now, our little explorer, full-time adventure seeker and very loud-voiced little man will be allowed to explore his voice.
When someone comments on the very loud child in a shop or whilst I’m in the queue for the ladies toilets I’m proud to say, that’s my son.