I have voluntarily stopped speaking. I feel like my kids take my nagging etc. for granted, and don't listen like they should. DS especially, he's 8. He is making me totally nuts, and I am SO sick of asking him to "be nice, Sit down, Share with your sister, Don't talk back, Don't do that, Use your fork, Use a plate, No you can't eat that.... etc." So. I've stopped speaking. Nobody listens anyway, so i'm just wasting my time and breath and energy. SO, I will use sign, and if we're really stuck, i'll write things down. 2 of my 3 kids can read. DH is thrilled that I'm not speaking, and has used this as an opportunity to convert one of my flannel sheets into car-repair rags, knowing I can't yell at him... and I just learned that even if I do yell, it's not going to magically fix my sheet. It's amazing how much I use my voice when it's really too late to change anything. I'm going to try to last 6 days... I don't think the people at my church would understand, and I really do love the singing.... During Church I'll reassess, and decide whether it seems to be helping anything, or if it's just silly.