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21 Sounds Every Parent Has Heard

When you have kids you've heard everything.

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1. Sudden silence.

What it means: Your kid is up to no good.
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What it means: Your kid is up to no good.

2. The crinkling of a bag.

What it means: Your kid has gotten into the chips — and probably spilled them everywhere.
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What it means: Your kid has gotten into the chips — and probably spilled them everywhere.

3. The sound of marbles dropping.

What it means: Your kid just accidentally turned over a bag of jelly beans.
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What it means: Your kid just accidentally turned over a bag of jelly beans.

4. The theme song to Caillou.

What it means: You're in for half an hour of misery.
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What it means: You're in for half an hour of misery.

5. A "music" performance.

What it means: To avoid crying you're going to have to convince yourself your kid is an experimental music genius.
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What it means: To avoid crying you're going to have to convince yourself your kid is an experimental music genius.

6. A very audible gasp.

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What it means: Your kid found a toy they want and is about to give you the hard sell.

7. Repeated toilet flushes.

What it means: Your kid is in the bathroom, but not to do their business. When your kid does their business, they don't flush.
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What it means: Your kid is in the bathroom, but not to do their business. When your kid does their business, they don't flush.

8. A balloon popping.

What it means: Serious kid tears are coming in 3, 2, 1...
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What it means: Serious kid tears are coming in 3, 2, 1...

9. Your kid coughing and then coughing again.

What it means: Ruh-roh. They're getting sick... or maybe it's just time for school.
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What it means: Ruh-roh. They're getting sick... or maybe it's just time for school.

10. The wailing/whimpering cry.

What it means: Your kid fell down and needs some of your TLC.
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What it means: Your kid fell down and needs some of your TLC.

11. Whispering.

What it means: Your kids are conspiring to make trouble.
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What it means: Your kids are conspiring to make trouble.

12. Frantic whispering.

What it means: Something went wrong during their troublemaking.
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What it means: Something went wrong during their troublemaking.

13. Grunting followed by a "bwap" noise in your baby's diaper.

What it means: It's time to change your baby's diaper... and it ain't going to be pretty.
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What it means: It's time to change your baby's diaper... and it ain't going to be pretty.

14. Endless giggles.

What it means: You're in the middle of an epic tickle session.
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What it means: You're in the middle of an epic tickle session.

15. Shattering glass.

What it means: Your kid broke something.
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What it means: Your kid broke something.

16. Shattering glass followed by feet running away.

What it means: Your kid broke something expensive.
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What it means: Your kid broke something expensive.

17. The bleating of a maddeningly loud toy.

What it means: Your kid found that toy you hid.
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What it means: Your kid found that toy you hid.

18. Feet padding down the hall.

What it means: Your kid is up... likely way too early.
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What it means: Your kid is up... likely way too early.

19. Contagious laughter from down the hall.

What it means: Your kid is having a sleepover and perhaps too much fun.
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What it means: Your kid is having a sleepover and perhaps too much fun.

20. A door swinging open and feet clomping across the floor.

What it means: There is a 77% your kids just trailed dirt into your home.
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What it means: There is a 77% your kids just trailed dirt into your home.

21. Your kid saying "I love you."

What it means: You're the luckiest mom or dad in the world.
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What it means: You're the luckiest mom or dad in the world.

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