In an attempt to provide us with a calmer and less noisy environment we recently purchased an area rug from Home Depot. The theory being that if we were to use area rugs we’d somehow be able to muffle the noise that three active kids can make on laminate floors. I don’t know if you’ve experienced this yourself but with the whole first level being nothing but laminate, we find that the sounds just bounce of the walls and back again. Not to mention the irritating noise of hot wheels on wood.
Naturally our children wanted to know why we needed the carpet. In the old days, my parents would have merely said “because” and left it at that. In the good ol “new way of parenting” we explain everything. So we told them how we were hoping that it would make things less noisy downstairs and how we hope to help mommy’s headaches etc.
When the new carpet arrived we deemed it best to lay it out after the kids were in bed. I know, I know, what mean parents we are wanting to enjoy the luxury of opening a package without six little hands diving in to help. We only had to shoo them back to bed like three times.
The next morning; however, we were woken by the shouts and laughter of our three children followed by earth shaking crashes as they jumped off the t.v. stand doing “cannon balls” onto the new carpet. They landed so hard it shook our bed upstairs. Breathless, the three of them came running upstairs…
“Mommy, mommy, the carpet doesn’t work…. it’s still noisy.”
Who knew that a new area rug would cause such excitement in the house. My children have continued to test the noise reducing capabilities of the new rug on a daily basis. Although I have managed to instill in them the need to refrain from “cannon balling” off the t.v. stand.
I think we would have been smarter to have purchased ear plugs.