This article was written by Jenny Isenman on CafeMom’s blog, The Stir
In my recent post about decoding Momisms, I realized that not only have I officially become a mother, I may have officially become MY mother. Not that she was bad, she was and is wonderful, but she spoke a language of cliche “parentese” that I swore would never pass my lips.
No, I would never say, “Because I said so,” as I intended to have long conversations with my brilliant offspring in which I would explain my decision and discuss my reasoning ad nauseum.
I mean, they deserved to be talked to like adults, right? No quickie threats or illogical arguments? Well, at least that’s what I assumed when I was one of them. Now, I realize those phrases were uttered to stop from having conversations (ad nauseum) about EVERY LITTLE THING or because they were simply quick, to the point, and preserved sanity.
Here’s a list of those things we swore we never say (but do):
- Don’t look at me with those eyes.
- Children are to be seen, not heard.
- If you keep making that face, it’ll freeze that way.
- If you want to act like a child, I’ll treat you like one.
- Quiet down, I can’t even hear myself think.
- One day you’ll thank me.
- Because I said so, that’s why!
- As long as you’re under my roof, you live by my rules.
- God gave you a brain, use it.
- Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer.
- Are your legs broken?
- If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?
- Oh, Jen’s mom lets her do (Blank), fine, go live with Jen’s mom … I’ll help you pack.
- Shut the door, were you born in a barn?
- Your room looks like a cyclone ran through it.
- Talking to you is like talking to a brick wall.
- Let’s play the quiet game
- Someone better be bleeding.
- Where are your manners — were you raised by wolves?
- I’m not asking, I’m telling.
- When you have kids, I hope they’re just like you.
- Don’t you use that tone with me Mister/Missy.
- Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.
- You better wipe that look off your face.
- Don’t make me: tell you again / come back there / turn this car around, et al.
Well, did I miss any phrases?
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