There is a small person in my house that is commonly referred to as ‘the chatterbox’.  From the moment he wakes up until the moment he goes to sleep, he is talking.  His mouth never stops moving.  Even if he has no one to talk to, he talks to his toys.  He even does their voices so they talk back to him!  My relatives tell me it’s karma.  As a child I had the same reputation.

There is a really simple test you can do to determine if you too are living with a chatterbox.  Ask the said chatterbox to see how long they can be quiet for.  Mine lasted a whole 6 seconds.  And that was the best of 3 attempts!

Here are the other signs you are living with a chatterbox:

You can’t take nice photo’s of your child.  It’s impossible to take a ‘nice’ photo of them where they don’t end up with some weird facial expression because they can’t stop talking long enough for you to take the photo.  Being a small person means everything they have to say has the utmost urgency and importance, and asking Mummy if she knows that Lightning McQueen is sponsored by Rusteeze, cannot possibly wait until after she taken the photo.


You never have to drag information out of them about their day.  There are parents out there who complain that their child tells them nothing about school, and “can’t remember” or “don’t know” are common responses to the question “what did you do today?”  Not for the parent of a chatterbox.  They are always happy and willing to tell you the ins and outs of their classroom.  Who ate all their lunch that day, who didn’t.  Who got told off by the teacher for picking their nose.  Who is this persons best friend, and why that person is no longer best friends with another person. Who won the argument over who is best; Spiderman or Batman (Batman always wins in our house). Who they would like to invite to their birthday and who they wouldn’t (Even if it’s 9 months away!)  If only some of the information they relayed was actually useful, such as we have to dress up as animals tomorrow!

You can never have any secrets.  A chatterbox is quite happy to talk to anyone about anything.  And by anyone I mean; strangers in the street, the ladies in the supermarket and the neighbour you don’t like know very well.  And by anything I mean;  what picture they have on their pants today, that Daddy parped really loud this morning, and that “Mummy said our neighbours are very noisy” (Said of course to the noisy neighbour themselves).

You need to have your wits about you.  When you are in full-blown multi-tasking mode, preparing dinner, washing up, writing a shopping list, singing songs to the baby and picking up the toys the baby throws from their high chair every 10 seconds, the chatterbox does not have your full attention.  The moment you lose concentration and switch off when they are chatting away about ‘what Batman would do’, you’re in trouble.  Mutter a ‘yes’ or an ‘ok’ in the wrong place and before you know it you have just agreed to buy an expensive toy or letting them stay up all night eating sweets.

You have no danger of loosing them in a shop.  You can always hear them!

You answer about a gazillion questions a day.  And the internet is your saviour.  I don’t know about you, but quite frankly I don’t have all the answers.  Contrary to popular belief in our house, Mummy does not know everything.  I have to use google to look up dinosaur names and what the hell a Decepticon is.  I’m a girl, I played with dolls and watched Care Bears.  I know nothing about transformers.

You appreciate silence in a whole new way.  Only when they are not in the house though.  If they are in the house and it is silent, there’s trouble ahead.   They are likely to be raiding your chocolate stash or drawing on your driver’s license.  That kind of silence is going to give you a headache.

You sometimes feel like a parrot.  You have to say your child’s name approximately 10 times before they stop talking and allow you to get a word in edge-ways.  You also use the phrase “take a breath” on an hourly basis.

You have been caught with your ear pressed against their bedroom door.  The cutest and funniest things you hear are when your child thinks no one is listening.  It’s a good skill to hone ready for their teenage years!

They make you laugh everyday with the things they comes out with.  Sometimes they say something that seems so grown up for their little shoulders.  Other times their misunderstanding of the grown up world can be very amusing.  Like the time Nana said she had lost her voice and my chatterbox walked round the house calling “Nana’s voice, where are you?”

I love living with my little chatterbox and the character that he is.  There are however days when I look at his little brother and wonder what life will be like with 2 chatter boxes.

Will I ever get a word in again?

puppy or baby?

Karma can bite me!


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31 Comments on Are You Living With a Chatterbox?

  1. Sarah - @threedinners
    July 12, 2016 at 6:47 pm (3 months ago)

    I have a 2 year old chatterbox and a speech delayed 8 yr old….sometimes I’m not sure who is talking! The little one never stops, 4 hours of chatter from Gatwick to home the other day….and I’m sure I’ll be relying on Google V shortly for the old Dino facts 🙂

  2. Charlotte @ Educating Elsa
    February 28, 2015 at 9:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Brilliant! I have a chatterbox but as she is only 18 months old it is mainly scribble that comes out of her mouth non-stop. From the moment she wakes up to the time she falls asleep she is making some sort of noise; whether it’s talking (to herself or to me), singing or screaming! The house is so strange when she isn’t here and it’s silent.
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    • Claire
      March 1, 2015 at 11:29 am (2 years ago)

      They do provide good entertainment!

  3. kiri
    February 28, 2015 at 8:35 am (2 years ago)

    Haha this is brilliant. My 4 yo is a Chatterbox. She tells complete strangers everything about our lives. And I admit I do zone out sometimes and end up agreeing to things I don’t know I’m agreeing to!
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    • Claire
      February 28, 2015 at 10:45 am (2 years ago)

      Especially in the car whilst trying to concentrate on parking!

  4. hannah Mums' Days
    February 26, 2015 at 8:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Ha! YES, I am definitely living with a chatter box. The thing that gets me is that he tells me the same thing over and over again. No matter what I say to acknowledge what he has told me, he will continue to repeat it. Why?! WHY?? hehee. Great post! thanks for linking up to #TheList xx
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  5. Raising Mighty Girls
    February 22, 2015 at 11:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this! I can completely resonate with this post. My youngest two daughters are both chatterboxes so I can resonate with ALL of the above.

    • Claire
      February 23, 2015 at 11:10 am (2 years ago)

      If people were to observe me and my husband in the evenings they would think we didn’t like each other. We do, we are just appreciating the silence!

  6. International Elf Service
    February 22, 2015 at 10:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Such a good post!! We have an incredible chatterbox in our house too – lovely and funny and beautiful but SO SO chatty! She’s particularly chatty in the mornings, which is when I’m at my least chatty…
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    • Claire
      February 23, 2015 at 11:08 am (2 years ago)

      It’s lovely and exhausting!

    • Claire
      February 23, 2015 at 11:08 am (2 years ago)

      Not sure if he’s a baby or a puppy!

  7. Lystra Maisey
    February 21, 2015 at 11:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello there, o I did enjoy this-I think the last time I finished a sentence during the day was about 18 months ago! I am either constantly interrupted or just talked over-our little boy just can’t help himself, and I too hear ‘Mummy’ about every five minutes. I once counted the interruptions, in a book of about 10 pages I was interrupted seven times-I have since stopped counting! You are not alone…! x Popping over from #sharewithme

    • Claire
      February 23, 2015 at 11:07 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks. When I’m driving it’s the worst. I agree to so many things because I am concentrating on the road and not his constant chatter!

  8. Jenny
    February 20, 2015 at 8:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I am!!!! I thought I talked a lot my son just talks all day everyday and even over top of me when I am talking to Daddy. Ahh sometimes I just need five minutes and here we are a the beginning trying to teach them to talk! Then be quiet. Catch 22 isn’t it? lol Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme
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    • Claire
      February 21, 2015 at 11:02 am (2 years ago)

      Trying to teach my son about interrupting. He has stopped butting in with his words and now just taps my hand harder and harder until he gets my attention. Not sure which is worse!!! 😉

  9. Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk)
    February 20, 2015 at 5:09 pm (2 years ago)

    My son loves to talk too! And sing when he is alone. And his WHY? never stops =P #pocolo
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    • Claire
      February 21, 2015 at 11:01 am (2 years ago)

      If he’s anything like me you must hear “Mummy” about a million times a day!

  10. Lisa (mummascribbles)
    February 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Yes I have a chatterbox and the worst thing is we are not even at the question stage yet! He’s 2 and just talks all the time, repeating what he is saying a lot but never stopping. When he is doing something he describes it. He works things out and describes them. He is just chattering all day long to everyone and anyone! #sharewithme
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    • Claire
      February 21, 2015 at 11:00 am (2 years ago)

      I don’t know when they stop saying every thought out loud but at 5 my son is still doing it!

  11. Sam
    February 20, 2015 at 2:51 pm (2 years ago)

    I know exactly what you’re talking about. I was really worried about my boys speech when they were younger. Then all of a sudden one day, somebody flicked a switch and now they won’t be quiet! Oh, how I’m looking forward to 4 little people chattering away!
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    • Claire
      February 21, 2015 at 10:59 am (2 years ago)

      I can’t wait for the conversations my boys will have together once the little one is bigger 🙂

  12. Jules
    February 20, 2015 at 2:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m sure my boy is going to become a chatter box when he can speak. His babble is constant and he says every noise with passion! #thelist
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    • Claire
      February 21, 2015 at 10:59 am (2 years ago)

      Yes, my chatterbox was like that as a baby. People would always say “oh he’s vocal!”

  13. Ting at My Travel Monkey
    February 20, 2015 at 2:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh what a brilliant post. The last picture is so funny! I live with a chatterbox, too, but it’s only been a new fangled thing. He was so shy until starting his new nursery, and now I can barely get a word in! But like you, it’s a lovely thing and one I wouldn’t change. I’m sure by the time they’re teenagers, we’re barely get a grunt! #PoCoLo
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    • Claire
      February 21, 2015 at 10:58 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks. My husband and I were discussing how quiet it’s going to be during the teenage years last night!

  14. Lianne
    February 20, 2015 at 12:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Nope, you will never get a word in again lol.
    Take it from an almost 11 year old. It doesn’t stop! lol
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    • Claire
      February 20, 2015 at 12:03 pm (2 years ago)

      I think it must be why I started blogging. So I can be heard!!! 😉


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