My mean mommy voice just doesn't work anymore. That is, if it ever even worked in the first place. Raising my voice or calling out their full names makes them pause, but does not truly get their attention.
So I've resorted to whispering. Yup, they can't hear me when I'm shouting (or at least pretend not to) but when I whisper they freeze! Their eyes get wide and their jaws drop slightly, wondering what I'm upset about and what possible consequences will befall them. It is an amazing spectacle, full of wonderment...rowdy boys stopped in their tracks, straining to hear their mommy speak!
Surely I'm not the only one around here who does something like this? What about y'all?