Every mom on the planet has wished for an escape from the noise.
One day my mom was visiting, and she got tired of the chaos and decided to turn off her hearing aids. She commented to me, after I had shouted her name 3 times in close range, that she felt like she could have used the same easy access to silence when she was a young mom. Just like that it hit me! I wasn’t deaf but I could turn down the sound. I ran into our bedroom and pulled out a set of earplugs from a stash my husband uses on business trips. I put them in and walked around the house. It was a miracle! I could see everything and know everyone was safe, but the annoying whining/petty arguments/Barney songs/whatever...it just disappeared.
I warn the kids when I have them in so if something serious happens they can come tap me. I even carry a pair in my purse. It’s great if you want to read while at a child’s after school activity, or need to wait in the car and the kids are happily/noisily playing in the back. We all know there are “times in the month” when we are short on patience…yet another opportunity to tune out what might be driving you crazy. It is so easy to do, inexpensive to buy, and could save you from having your own childish outburst. You don't have to be 70 to enjoy some well deserved silence. Give it a try!