I remember when I was teaching that a technique to get the kids to be quiet is to lower your voice to a whisper and they will be quiet in order to hear you. Well, I have proven this over the weekend with both of my kids. I developed a bad case of laryngitis and cannot talk over a whisper. Every time I would talk the kids would stop what they were doing and listen. Whenever Gabriel would talk to me he would whisper too. This was good because he is very loud, just like his mother. It got to be quite humorous.