The Things Parents Say

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Throughout childhood it would become apparent that our parents had stock phrases that they would bring out time and time again dependant on the situation at hand that were often frustrating and awfully unfair to hear, many of which we secretly swore we would never ever say to our own children.  Some that come to mind are:

'Because I said so.'
'Whilst you're living under my roof you'll live under my rules'
'If you don't stop crying I'll give you something to cry about'
'If soandso jumped off a bridge would you?'
'Don't touch that, you don't know where it's been',
'I don't care that everybody elses mother is letting their kids do it, I'm your mother and I said no'
'Don't you huff at me like that'
'When you have your own house you can have your own rules'
'You must think I was born yesterday'
'And you can wipe that smile off of your face right now'
'Just who do you think you are? The queen of sheeba?'
'I'll wash your mouth out with soap  and water'
'You brought this on yourself'
'Money doesn't grow on trees you know'
'How dare you talk to me in that tone of voice young lady'
'Just you wait until your father gets home'
'You're either in or you're out'
'Close the door! Were you born in a barn?'
'Knock it off or we will turn around and go straight back home right now'
'I'm not asking, I'm telling you to do it'
'Don't make me come up there'
'Stop pulling that face,If the wind changes you'll stay that way'
'Stop picking your nose or your brain will cave in/your finger will get stuck'
'Don't come running to me if you hurt yourself'

Admit it, we're all guilty of saying, at the very least, a few of the things our parents said to us, right? Own up!


  1. I think we all say some of those from time to time - I know I certainly do. It's worth thinking about it though now and again to try to stop yourself over using them.


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