8 reasons why silence is never golden when you have a toddler

I love a bit of peace and quiet. I know that makes me sound about 80 but I really do enjoy just relaxing with a nice coffee and enjoying the sweet sounds of nothing. My days are full of Peppa Pig snorting at me from the TV, Leo roaring like a dinosaur, shrieking as loud as he can and generally just being a noisy monster. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want it any other way but sometimes I just need 5 minutes of quiet, a little time out away from the chaos to just relax and breathe.We all need that, right?
However, whenever I find that little window of time in the day that I can have all to myself, usually while I am doing jobs in the kitchen, I can never fully enjoy the quiet. You see, during the day, silence in my house is seldom a good thing. If Leo is being quiet then Leo is also, more often than not, being naughty. 
Before you read on, I want you to know that I’m not a bad mum. I spend pretty much my whole entire day with Leo, playing trains or being climbed on, you know, the usual stuff us parents have to do. But,  unless you have eyes in the back of your head (which you don’t), don’t need to eat or never have to empty your bladder ever, then you can not watch your little one every single second of the day. So, whenever I am out of the room and Leo is not making a sound, I know I need to get back in there pretty quick as it is very unlikely he is sat playing quietly with his toys.
I have compiled a list of reasons why silence is never golden in my house (expect when Leo’s asleep that is!), do any sound familiar?

Silence means…Leo has pulled all the DVDs out of the cupboard and taken all the disks out of their boxes. He often launches a few disks across the living room as he goes.
Silence means…The toilet has been filled with toys, paper and anything else Leo can find. It is never anything flushable..

Silence means…Leo is pulling all my clean clothes out of the washing machine onto the floor.

Silence means…Leo has found a glass of water and has put the TV remote, receipts and a half eaten piece of toast in it.

Silence means…Leo has taken his nappy off and is studying the puddle that has appeared on the carpet.

Silence means…The box of chocolates Oli and I stupidly left out on the coffee table the night before have been found by Leo and subsequently eaten for his breakfast.

Silence means...Leo has found a pen and is scribbling over anything he can find. Usually the shopping list I have spent ages writing.
Silence means…It’s evening time, Oli and I are too exhausted to do anything but stare at our phones. Any kind of verbal communication by this point in the day requires far too much effort and we are just too exhausted.
You might not think it when you are sat cuddling your new born, taking them to the bathroom with you and trying to do everything one handed, but one day you will leave your child unattended and just be prepared for the consequences when you do. Baby proofing means more than just stair gates, plug covers and corner protectors, apparently…
Does someone want to come and help me sort all the DVDs out and shampoo the carpet, pretty please?
Is silence ever golden in your house? Or have you got a little monkey like Leo, who only keeps the volume down when he is causing mischief?
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  1. January 25, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    Oh definitely yes to this! We have an open plan kitchen and living room but whilestever I'm pottering about in the kitchen I always have both ears firmly pinned on the tots. The second I can't hear them I know I need to see them! X

  2. January 25, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Silence was never a good sign in our house. We feared it more than noises as it meant the Tubblet was almost certainly up to no good

  3. January 26, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    I can relate to this sooooo much! Especially the taking off the nappy! That happened today…! Great read! Suz x Beauisblue.com

  4. January 26, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    Silence is becoming a dangerous sign in our house too! Fantastic post, really made me giggle! x

  5. January 26, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    What's really funny is the for the first three seconds I always think, oh isn't this nice… #TwinklyTuesday

  6. January 27, 2016 / 9:42 am

    Ahhhhh I can relate to all of these! Oh you have to be like a police officer with the toilet door lol Thank goodness our daughter has stopped messing in the toilet. And the DVD's being thrown around – why do they all love to do that? Silence is golden for a few minutes until you realize there's silence! #TwinklyTuesday x

  7. January 27, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Oh I would love an open plan kitchen. Yep, if it's quiet then they are definitely getting up to no good!xx

  8. January 27, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    It is always the way isn't it?!xx

  9. January 27, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    Oh no! Why do they do that? Leo takes his off all the time but refuses to use the potty xx

  10. January 27, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    Aww, glad it made you laugh. We all need to laugh when we have spent the morning cleaning up the chaos!xx

  11. January 27, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    Haha, me too!xx

  12. January 27, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    That sounds like hell, I think I would have just binned them all too! Or made the kids sort them all out..:) xx

  13. January 27, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    I don't know, maybe it is our fault for not putting them all out of reach?! Lucky you, I can't wait for Leo to get over his fascination with the toilet xx

  14. January 27, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    LOL..Silence is not golden at our home as well! I used to hate it when my toddler figured out to take his own diaper off. He thought it was the smartest and funniest thing ever! The toilet thing sounds scary as well! Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

  15. January 28, 2016 / 8:01 am

    This is so true! I have got through it with my older boys but have it all to look forward to again with baby number 3!! Wish me luck!
    Thanks for sharing.
    #coolmumclub

  16. January 28, 2016 / 8:01 am

    lol, so funny. I remember thinking Adam was being so lovely whilst I spoke to a friend on the phone only for like 2 minutes, but when I came out of the office I found pencil drawing all over my new white wall and on the tiles. We had only been moved in our new home for a few days and already it wasn't looking so new! He was 2 then, luckily now at 6 it just means he is getting too much screen time (so destroying brain cells instead of my walls). #coolmumclub

  17. January 28, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Haha so true! Like the saying silence is golden unless you have a toddler…in which case it is highly suspicious! That. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xx

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  18. January 28, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Sometimes we are lucky and silence means they are sitting quietly studying a book or drawing. Othertimes it means they are turning books into confetti and drawing on the walls. Or each other.

    One of the worst was when our daughter discovered a pot of blue finger paint and made herself into a smurf.

    #abitofeverything
    #AnythingGoes

  19. January 29, 2016 / 1:22 am

    I can definitely relate! My toddler has been pulling things off tables and breaking cups. He broke my phone and cracked the screen which turned screen pink. I do get suspicious when it's silence. You never know what kind of trouble he's gotten into! #CoolMumClub

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  20. January 29, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    oh haha yeah 2 children later and i've finally learnt that silence is never a good thing lol . If there quiet run quickly run quickly an find them cause they'll be doing something they shouldn't be. Maybe like 1 in 100 times they'll actually just be being quiet lol xx

  21. January 31, 2016 / 12:05 am

    Ha yep I had a lot of years of discovering that silence meant they were in to everything or sat in the kitchen having a cheeky picnic straight out of the fridge 😉 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix
    Stevie x

  22. January 31, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    Oh my this is funny because i am going through this at the moment and to be honest you are spending way more time with your child then I am with mine. Toddlerhood is not for sissies #AnythingGoes

  23. February 2, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Ahh, the nappy thing is the worst! If they are old enough to take it off then surely they are ready to use the potty, right?Xx

  24. February 2, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Goood luck!xx

  25. February 2, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    Ohh no, your poor new walls! Never trust the silence, that's all I can say. xx

  26. February 2, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    It is extremely suspicious! Thanks for hosting xx

  27. February 2, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Ohh no, not a smurf! I would have found that hysterical but also been mad all at the same time. Ahh yes, we have a few confetti books in our house too xx

  28. February 2, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Oh no! Did you get your phone fixed? Exactly, you can never be sure what they are getting up to.xx

  29. February 2, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Haha, I totally agree!xx

  30. February 2, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    Haha, Leo hasn't had a fridge picnic yet but I am sure it is only a matter of time. Thanks for hosting xx

  31. February 2, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    It most certainly is not, I completely agree xx

  32. February 4, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    haha actually laughed outloud at this! What is it with glasses of water? She put her beaker in the toilet the other day! Thanks for linking to #PickNMix x

  33. February 21, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    Haha, glad it made you laugh. I have no idea where the water/toilet obsession comes from xx

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