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When the kids are noisy, don't compete with them. If they are yelling or making a lot of noise, approach them in a calm and quiet manner and ask them to quieten down. If you yell or make more noise, it becomes a competition and you give them signals that, because you've gone louder, that they can too (despite the fact that you're actually trying to achieve the opposite). If they're using volume as a way of rebelling (loud music or TV), try talking to them calmly and sensibly. Their volume is a signal that they want something from you. Perhaps you can strike a better deal rather then just competing for who is the loudest.