Is it just my ds, or are 5-y/o kids a generally loud bunch? He's always been a chatty and loudish kind of boy, but lately he is driving me nuts with the constant yelling about everything. And every time he gets even the tiniest slight little tap on any part of his body, he screams OW-OW-OW-OW-OW unceasingly until one of us goes and offers sympathy. It may be a big-brother bid for attention, but sometimes I lose my patience with him. One day he and my dd (14 mos) were in his room and I was in the laundry room, and suddenly ds started screaming at the very top of his lungs, saying "Oh no, Mom, come quick! Oh no, it's really terrible!" and of course I thought the absolute worst, was prepared for blood and broken bones, and I tore across the house, knocking chairs out of my way, and do you know what the problem was? Baby sister had just learned to stand on her tiptoes and turn off the TV while he was watching a video. I think that took a year off my life, I swear. Sigh.