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Is it okay for kids to sing on the train?

post #1 of 97
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We took the train (commuter rail) into the city the other day with another family. Each family has a 5yo and a 2yo.

I learned that we have different approaches when it comes to public transport!

I treat the train like I do a restaurant, I expect my kids to use indoor voices. Squealing and shouting is not allowed.

The other family encouraged the children to sing. Loudly. Often.

I felt like a harridan in comparison, constantly shushing my kids when they made noises that were loud enough to be heard from a few seats away. I'm not going to change my take on this , but I wondered what the general consensus here was.
post #2 of 97
I agree with you. I don't let my dd sing or talk too loudly while on the train or the bus. If she wants to sing (which he most often does) we sing quietly for a few mins then we play some other game. You never know who's on the train or how tired they are. They may not want to hea your kid sing no matter how beautiful you think it is. lol.
post #3 of 97
I would encourage my children to use indoor voices and be as courteous as possible.

(We never ride trains, but we do take the bus occasionally)
post #4 of 97
Oh dear, that would drive me absolutely bonkers! Yeah, trains and buses are definite indoor voice places. People who commute on trains and buses often use that time for work, homework, rest, quiet contemplation, etc. Not the place for loud musical merriment.
post #5 of 97
I encourage a normal tone of voice inside, but I wouldn't shush my dd if she were singing or laughing. Other people have the same right to have conversations in a normal tone so I don't see any reason why my child shouldn't talk or sing in the same tone if that is what she chooses to do. There are many conversations that take place on the bus that are much worse to hear than a childs voice but since we live in a community with other people we tend to just brush those things off and not dwell on them, kids should get the same respect when they want to do something positive and harmless. If you run into someone who obsesses about things like that you could refer them to a good counselor so they can learn to let little things go.
post #6 of 97
I wouldn't allow singing or loud voices or boisterous activity.

What was the other family thinking? How rude!

I think that when many people have to share a small space, everyone should err on the side of being more courteous than less.
post #7 of 97
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I encourage a normal tone of voice inside, but I wouldn't shush my dd if she were singing or laughing. Other people have the same right to have conversations in a normal tone so I don't see any reason why my child shouldn't talk or sing in the same tone if that is what she chooses to do. There are many conversations that take place on the bus that are much worse to hear than a childs voice but since we live in a community with other people we tend to just brush those things off and not dwell on them, kids should get the same respect when they want to do something positive and harmless. If you run into someone who obsesses about things like that you could refer them to a good counselor so they can learn to let little things go.
Oh, my mental health is perfectly fine.

I just don't think it's appropriate for *anybody* to sing loudly on the train, child or adult. It's annoying to other people.
post #8 of 97
Oh come on, it's children singing -- how delightful!!

Just kidding, I just couldn't resist a reference to your dancing-on-the-counters thread x-posted from here to the CH way back when. You know, that post of yours is what got me hooked on this place!
post #9 of 97
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oh come on, it's children singing -- how delightful!!

just kidding, i just couldn't resist a reference to your dancing-on-the-counters thread x-posted from here to the ch way back when. You know, that post of yours is what got me hooked on this place!
Hee! I love the differing opinions from the two worlds. It makes me balanced.
post #10 of 97
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Hee! I love the differing opinions from the two worlds. It makes me balanced.
Yep. The irony is that between your mention of this place and KT's mention of TwoP, I no longer have any time left for the CH itself! So it's nice to see familiar "faces" like you and MG around here. Say hi to everyone for me!
post #11 of 97
I think everybody should have consideration for others on public transport, which includes not talking loudly (especially on mobile phones!!), singing, loud music form MP3 players, putting your bag on the seat so no can sit next to you, elbowing, feet on the seats, strong body odor and eating smelly foods.

Oh and what irritates me the most is when try and get on the train before people have had a chance to get off and when people shove you as they push past you to get a seat

Before Christmas I took my kids into the city to see the lights and decorations which takes about an hour so I made sure I had some toys, snacks and games ready to make the trip fun as I know sitting still for an hour is hard for kids.
post #12 of 97
I agree with the OP but I would guess my DH would be more liberal. I try not to bother other people. I try to stress to my kids how their actions affect others.
post #13 of 97
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Yep. The irony is that between your mention of this place and KT's mention of TwoP, I no longer have any time left for the CH itself! So it's nice to see familiar "faces" like you and MG around here. Say hi to everyone for me!
I know!

Somebody from there turned me on to this site, too (nrgy?). I'm glad I found it, I've gotten so much out of mdc... but there really is only so much time I can spend online, spreading my bon mots... lol. Good to "see" you!
post #14 of 97
I often travel by train for work, and I almost always have prep work to do on the train. I try to sit in the quiet car, but there isn't always one. If there isn't another quiet car, I wouldn't expect people to be silent, especially children--but I do expect (and expect of my dd, when she is with me) for people to behave as they would in any enclosed public space, which means no screaming, shouting, etc. Other people will be trying to sleep, work, have their own conversations, listen to music, read, etc. I think it's incredibly rude to actually encourage your kids to speak/shout at the top of their lungs. Travel is stressful enough.
post #15 of 97
I think your expectation that itwould be the same behavior as at a resteraunt is perfect. normal talking, laughing even singing is fine but inside voices and nothing to rowdey.

I had a friend who always encouraged her children to sing loudly and allowed them to scream and run in public places. We stopped hanging out in enclosed places until they were over it. first of all I was humiliated to be associated with such obnoxious children and secondly I did not want my children to pick up such bad manners. and it was impossible to carry on a conversation.
post #16 of 97
I think it really depends on how crowded the train is, if it is commuting times (rush hours), and if it is a weekend or a week day.

If it is relatively empty, middle of the day, or on the weekends, the singing is probably fine. If it bugs someone, they can always move to a different seat, etc.

If it was a crowded train, I would encourage my kids to use polite voices, and probably not sing... but otherwise a soft singing voice would be okay.

Perhaps this is the way the family keep their kids still and not running around the train, etc. ?

I agree that rowdy behavior hurts my head and I wouldn't want to be associated with it.
post #17 of 97
OP, you were correct. I'd have been embarrassed to be with the other family who was encouraging/allowing louder voices (whether singing or talking) from their kids. Did you try to engage all the kids in some kind of I Spy game or something to keep the loudness to a minimum? What did the other mom think about your differing philosophies?
post #18 of 97
My son has autism and has a hard time understanding and controlling the volume of his voice. If he decided to sing on a train I'd probably let him. It's much better for people to hear rather than him tantruming because he can't deal with the sensory issues that come along with train riding.

I'm sure many people think we're rude and terrible parents when we're out in public.
post #19 of 97
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My son has autism and has a hard time understanding and controlling the volume of his voice. If he decided to sing on a train I'd probably let him. It's much better for people to hear rather than him tantruming because he can't deal with the sensory issues that come along with train riding.

I'm sure many people think we're rude and terrible parents when we're out in public.
I believe (from what I've read elsewhere) that most people would rather see you attempt to teach your son proper behavior and listen to the aftermath (tantrum) than have to endure you allowing your son to behave badly by singing on the train.
post #20 of 97
I don't think it's ok for anyone, of any age, to bother other people on public transportation (bus, train, airplane, etc.). Kids singing really loudly would annoy me as much as a the dude screaming on his cell phone or the two people talking so loud the whole car can hear. It's rude and disrepsectful.

Sounds like the other family you were with thought it was cute that their kids were singing loudly; they probably like the attention associated with it.

I teach my kids respect for those around them...so no, that is not ok with me.
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