Yesterday, I realized that my house is calmer. The volume is definitely down :). It's no less busy and there are still plenty of loud moments, but I'm finding that more of them are joyful. Yes, there are still moments where my children aren't doing what's asked or bickering. But they are less often and generally quieter. And when it does come up, I am making a point to go to them and get down on my knee and talk to them face to face and it's working! Now, I must remember this and not go back to those lazy habits of projecting my voice across a room or down the hall.