Everyone knows it, everyone has heard it. Everyone has felt the power of it. The Mom voice. It has nothing to do with volume. It isn’t even determined by sex. Mothers and fathers both have the Mom voice. Most of the time the Mom voice is spoken at normal volume, maybe even softer than normal. The tone and timber are what is used to make the Mom voice so powerful. It’s a no nonsense tone with such finality in it that makes the recipient cringe in terror. I used it on my sons when they were growing up. Nothing made them stop and take notice that I was not fooling around with them, more than the Mom voice. When used, even the most hardened adult succumbs to it.
I use the Mom voice on Mitch occasionally. He hates it. He would rather I screamed like a fish wife and throw a rant than to look at him and speak to him in the voice. Mitch has said it makes him feel like a kid again that had just gotten caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Even the dogs know the Mom voice. I use it on them when no one will listen and it’s a free for all. I used it tonight when the wrestling got out of hand with dogs careening off the walls, leaping on and off our bed, totally out of control. After the Mom voice came out dogs scattered. AJ laid down by my chair, Charlie and Orso made themselves very scarce, going to lay down in the bedroom. All is quiet for quite awhile after the Mom voice.
It’s good to be Mom.