Whistling Pixies

I love it when I receive helpful suggestions. Thanks, everyone!

Cherylyn Feierabend
3-minute read
Episode #104

Hey there! You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some quick and dirty tips for practical parenting.

I had an interesting conversation over Twitter this past week. Twitter is a website where you can share short sentences about yourself throughout the day while at the same time read about other people’s lives and events that are happening in the world. I love Twitter because I’m a work-at-home mom and it keeps me connected with the outside world. My Twitter friends are sort of like my office cube-mates, since my home is my office.

So, I’d mentioned on Twitter that my five-year-old daughter has learned how to whistle. She can really whistle out a tune too. I love that she’s learned this amazing skill. I know adults that still don’t know how to whistle, and I haven’t a clue how she learned, but she’s been whistling non-stop for days. It’s not something I want her to feel bad about either. I want her to know that I’m proud of her achievement. I do, but I’m going a little insane with the whistling. The responses I received from my Twitter followers varied from hilarious to empathizing, and of course, helpful.

Someone suggested duct tape and then someone else recommended that I take my daughter outside to play. After I finished laughing about the duct tape suggestion, I took a look at some of the options: wait it out because she’ll get bored with it, ask her to play somewhere else, and make a rule about where whistling is allowed. I opted for the ruling of where it’s allowed because that allowed me to stay positive while adjusting the situation. For the time being, I’ve asked her to practice her whistling in her bedroom or when she plays outside. She’s agreeable to this because I haven’t told her that she has to stop, and I can easily tell her to relocate when she absent-mindedly starts whistling for an annoyingly long amount of time.

I love it when I receive helpful suggestions. Thanks, everyone!