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Moving with Children - a Child's Squeaky Voice Reaction

By Bianca Wordley - 7th November 2011

The high-pitched, talking started a few months ago. Our three-year-old, who is known for her husky tones, began communicating in a squeaky voice. Aside from being incredibly annoying, it was also a little strange.

We just put it down to her being three. We put a lot of behavior down to 'being three' or 'being one' or 'being four'. We do that when we have no idea how to explain why our children are behaving in a certain way. We say it a lot because most of the time we have no idea why our children do most things they do.

It got to the point where I would cringe every time we went out in public or when a friend would ask our three-year-old a question. I’d will her not to 'high-speak'.

Then one day she stopped, and back came her gorgeous husky voice again. To tell you the truth, I don’t remember the day she started talking normally again, it was only this week I realised I hadn’t heard her mouse voice for ages.

And then it dawned on me. My middle-child’s voice change coincided with our recent house move. It started just before we moved out of our old home. It must have been her way of emoting her distress at the massive upheaval.  

I can only imagine the uncertainty a three-year-old must feel when moving house, as I certainly know moving house is one of the most stressful things I’ve ever done. I’ve moved numerous times and each time it gets trickier. I think that’s because as I grow older I accumulate more things. The most recent move was by far the most stressful. For the first time, I didn’t have to think about just things, I also had to worry about our children.

Packing was a nightmare. We did it slowly over a number of months. Each week, a few more items would be packed and stored in our spare room. Each week, we would have fewer items clogging up our life. Each week, we would have fewer toys and knick-knacks filling up our rooms. We regularly had to reassure the kids that everything being packed would be reopened at our new house.

We tried to make the process a slow and steady one for the children, so they got used to the idea over time, rather than just packing everything in a truck one day and moving into a new house hours later. We talked a lot about our new house, new parks, new library, new shops and new bedrooms. We made lots of play dates with friends from our old neighborhood so our children knew they were still going to keep in touch.

And all the while, Miss 3 talked in her high-pitched voice. I feel so stupid not putting the two together. I suppose I can only hope that now she's talking normally again, that she has settled into her new life, like her two sisters.

Have you ever moved with children? Did you notice any unusual behaviour?

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