Do you find yourself constantly yelling out at the kids, trying to get their attention from the other side of the house? Turns out there’s a very simple solution, and it will reintroduce the sweet sound of silence across your abode.

My kids are at an age where they’re often playing online in their rooms, headphones on or music blasting, and no amount of fishmonger’s wife yelling can get their attention. It usually results in me storming into their rooms to let them know dinner’s ready. But there appears to be a much easier way (other than texting the kids – which I have resorted to as well!).

Mum Kaylie Norris says the best thing she ever did was put door bells into her children’s rooms. The buttons are tucked away in a kitchen cupboard, and the receivers are in their rooms. All she does is ring the bell and they know they’ve been summoned.

She shared the tip in a TikTok video, showing how she gets her kids to come and get their lunch, without having to yell upstairs.

@kaymumma♬ original sound – Kaylie Norris

While some mums loved the idea, other offered their own suggestions in the comments, like using Google Home or Alexa to broadcast or announce to the kids. Kaylie’s daughter even commented, saying she and her brother both agreed to have the doorbells in their rooms, and that her mum is amazing.

I have to say I really like this idea, and as long as you had a doorbell that also lights up, it would work when the kids have headphones on.

What do you think? Would you try this with your kids? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • Hmm I need to considering that method.


  • A great idea. I believe it would really work.


  • That’s actually a pretty good idea, Well done Anita Butterworth, I’m so going to give this a go ????


  • I think it’s a brilliant idea. We have a very small house so it wouldn’t be worth using in our house plus there’s only myself and my son since I lost my husband.


  • I love this idea.! Although some parent may have to hold their finger on the buzzer if the kids ignore the first ring.


  • It’s something different & possibly something for me to consider as my kids get older.


  • No I actually have a cows bell that I ring at different times of the day or night
    and its not only for the Kids either hahahahaa


  • It’s a bit late for me now, but I do like this idea. It’s simple, the kids are agreeable, and it’s not technology-based.


  • Don’t think it would work in my home – but a great idea for others. Thanks for sharing.


  • I want to try this on my kids , we get sick of yelling up the stairs to get their attention ????


  • Had this in my childhood home. Rarely got used, eventually not at all. Pass.


  • I’d just use google home or Alexa


  • This is a great idea. I can see this working really well in some families and houses :)


  • I thought this was hilarious. I wonder if she considered an intercom? I think that would be more effective as you could tell them what you want them for ie put your laundry in the machine etc.


  • A friend of mine has door bells on her girls’ bedroom doors, but I think that’s more an alternative to knocking than to getting their attention.
    Both are brilliant ideas. I whistle for my kids, both at home and in public (I don’t like the idea of calling their names in crowded places and they know it is them specifically that’s being called not someone else with the same or similar sounding name) and it works. Doesn’t usually matter how noisy it is they always come… eventually

    • My dad used to whistle too when we were young :)


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