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Posted: 10/8/2011 4:45:02 PM
My six year old hums's driving me insane. He does it when he is doing anything that doesn't require reading, coloring, riding in the car, or eating. I can tell him over and over to stop humming, and he will start back up 30 seconds later. I think I'd rather him ask me "why" over and over than listen to the constant humming.

I am slightly on edge today since DH had his vasectomy yesterday so I've been caring for four people all day yesterday and today. And today happened to be picture day for soccer, so I was out there with the kids by myself for a few hours. I'm about to have a glass of wine!

Just curious if anyone else's kid does this.

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Posted: 10/8/2011 4:50:45 PM
My 19y DS drones almost constantly and not quietly but then he has autism. When asked why he has to do this he says it makes him happy. How can you ask him to stop after hearing that? It would be like saying stop trying to be happy.

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Posted: 10/8/2011 5:22:30 PM
My kids don't do that, but I do believe it is normal.

Have you tried reinforcing him when he is quiet or talking, and ignoring the humming? That might help reduce it/eliminate it

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Posted: 10/8/2011 5:23:46 PM
Both my kids did this when they were eating. It seems they have outgrown it.

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Posted: 10/8/2011 5:39:17 PM
My five year old just started doing this too especially when he's just playing alone with his toys. I finally figured out why when I was working in his kindergarten class one day. There are kids in the class that do the same thing when working on classwork. I think he picked it up from them. It doesn't really bother me except when I'm trying to listen to something on the T.V.



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Posted: 10/8/2011 5:55:10 PM
Ha, I hope my kid isn't causing other kids to do the humming thing!

I will try to remember to give him praise when he's being quiet...I haven't been ignoring the humming just because he will do it constantly if I don't ask him to stop. I can be in one room and hear him humming from the other room and it just drives me nuts!

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Posted: 10/8/2011 6:44:36 PM
No. I think that would drive me crazy.

Wasn't there just a post about this - how some noises drive us crazy and there is a name / condition for it. And didn't this post mention how there was just a bit on the today show about this?

Sorry I can't help more then that.


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Posted: 10/8/2011 6:45:41 PM
My ds went through a phase where he tapped something as if they were drumsticks. All the time. The day I just about lost it was when he came home (this was middle school) with real drumsticks! He was in band and one of his good buddies was a drummer who had just gotten new drumsticks. So being the good friend that he is he gave his old ones to my ds.

One day I made them disappear. We moved on. Then not too long ago I was asking my ds to reach up to that spot above the kitchen cabinets to get down the juicer and wouldn't you know...there were those drumsticks. He said "Mooooooooooooom! I always thought I left those at some friend's house!"


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Posted: 10/8/2011 7:24:11 PM
Yes. And it! My 10 year old has always loved to talk, and if he isn't talking he's making some sort of noise with his mouth, and if I've asked him to please stop doing that then he is making noise with a nerf gun or some other toy or object.

My 9 year old son on the other hand is very quiet and is often driven nuts by his brother, too. I honestly have no idea why the older one can't stand silence. He has told me it's because he has to be quiet all day in class, but I'm not so sure that's the reason, he's always been that way.

The only thing he will be quiet while doing is reading - and get this, he'll complain if so much as the tv is on or anyone is talking because he can't handle all the noise!! lol

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Posted: 10/8/2011 7:28:18 PM
No - but my oldest fidgets (sp?) something terrible!!

She doesn't even realize she's doing it. Tapping her foot, drumming her fingers on the table, clicking her nails, something to make a small sound, or some form of constant movement.

My Grandma did the same thing, usually wringing her hands all the time.

If you tell DD to stop she does (although sometimes I know she does it just to get a rise out of me!)


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Posted: 10/8/2011 7:39:21 PM
Yup. All three do it. Usually all a different tune too lol!!

That's one thing that doesn't bother me at all. I think a child that sings is a sign of a happy child, content with their world.

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Posted: 10/8/2011 7:59:23 PM
See, if he was humming a song I probably wouldnt care as much...but he's just humming noise. It's just like he's making noise just for the sake of making noise, which makes me nutty.

He's a happy kid, but sometimes, like when eating, i don't want to hear humming!

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Posted: 10/8/2011 8:22:04 PM
Yes, my, almost six, year old does it and it is annoying but whatever makes him happy LOL. He whines excessively too, so I'd rather listen to the humming....


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Posted: 10/8/2011 8:29:46 PM
My grandson does that when he's eating something he really likes but thankfully none of them do it all the time. It would drive me crazy.


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Posted: 10/8/2011 8:42:20 PM
Not humming but my two sons are constantly telling stories to each other, and adding on to each other's stories. It's a constant dialogue and if you listen in the stories are fantastic and funny and intriguing but it can also drive me crazy when I want some peace.

I remember asking my bff if her sons do this and she said no way. The first few times she heard it she was mesmerized but said it would drive her crazy. They are very good storytellers, ds 10 has previously received the highest score in Australia for a story he wrote. My 12 year old Ds's teacher has said she would be shocked if he didn't become a published author. I don't like telling them to be quiet but sometimes I just have to .

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Posted: 10/8/2011 8:48:58 PM
As part of his Aspergers my sin does a sound in his throat, it is a stiming mechanism for him.

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Posted: 10/8/2011 8:49:28 PM
My 6 year old DD sings. all. the time. In exactly those situations that your DS hums (and, as I'm sure she'll love to know that her mom shared in a public form, while she's on the toilet), she sings her own made-up lyrics to pop tunes (like Hey, Soul Sister). I warned her teachers but other than that, I am amused by her constant singing.

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Posted: 10/8/2011 8:57:30 PM
According to my DH, I made noises while I watch TV, sitting in the car, etc. I've never heard these noises he says I make.


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Posted: 10/8/2011 9:09:40 PM
LOL Christy! DS does it in the bathroom, too.

My DD makes a "mmmm mmmm" humming noise when she's eating something she really likes, but she doesn't do it at any other time. DS does it at any given time and I want to scream when I tell him to cut it out and he starts again seconds later.


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Posted: 10/8/2011 9:10:42 PM
Mine does this little grunt thing....grunt grunt grunt (pause) grunt grunt grunt grunt grunt.
It seems to mostly be when he's stressing about something though.


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Posted: 10/8/2011 9:34:25 PM
Yep, DS is 11 and constantly,constantly making noise of some sort. I think ever since he found his voice. Car noises, high pitch squeels, you name it. Sometimes I'm just like, CAN YOU PLEASE BE QUIET. Whew. Most of the time I just tune him out but man, the really stressful days, it's just a screw in my brain. LOL

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Posted: 10/8/2011 9:38:17 PM
I used to run a group home. At one point in time I had 11 boys between the ages of 7-12. It was never quiet. Not for a single moment.

I told my husband that I don't know why boys can't just be silent. He laughed.

Then we had the most mellow little boy I've ever met. So chill. Then he turned 7.

It's like he is a constant noise. He used to have that quote in his bedroom "Boy:noun. A noise with dirt on it"

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Posted: 10/8/2011 9:40:30 PM
YES! My kids are either talking, singing or making random noises. I feel your pain!


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Posted: 10/8/2011 9:43:39 PM
Ha Heidi, that quote is so true.


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Posted: 10/8/2011 10:07:07 PM
Yes, my dd does it all the time.

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Posted: 10/9/2011 12:12:37 AM
My nine year old is constantly making noise. It drives me up the wall. If it were humming I think I could handle it better. He makes blips and beeps and sounds something like a toddler making up sentences without words in them. I have to tell him to stop it.

I don't feel that badly telling him to stop. If his own family can't put up with the constant noise, no one else will either. He needs to learn to be quiet to just get along with people better. (He's not autistic. He just likes noise.)


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Posted: 10/9/2011 4:19:27 AM
Yes, my 7-year-old stepson is constantly talking/singing/humming/YELLING. He also has a LOUD voice with an often piercing timbre, so he is VERY NOTICEABLE! He makes noise at the table, when he's playing, when he's drawing, in the bathroom, he even talks in his sleep. The only time he was quiet was when he was playing his iPod, but since he "accidentally" charged $350 onto our credit card, he has lost the iPod for a month. Or more.

But yes, he is always making noise. Or poking at his older brother.

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Posted: 10/9/2011 5:09:33 AM
My ds cracks his knuckles, back, fingers, neck - drives me up the wall. He does it in the middle of conversations. I gave up asking him to stop BECAUSE HE IS 30 YEARS OLD!

Oh my gosh - what an annoying sound. It is part of that generation, I have seen it so many times with that generation of "kids" - urgghh!! The youngest DS started it, but I kept at him and he has stopped.


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Posted: 10/9/2011 6:20:48 AM
I have a student (first grade) who does it all day long Yes, it drives me nuts, but I also see it from the perspective that she's a happy child and her work is at least getting done. It is distracting, and I'm trying to give her clues when it needs to stop. But it's a struggle on my part.

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