You promised yourself it would never happen. And then one day it does.
Your parent’s words come out of your mouth.
Maybe it’s a phrase that makes you sound like a cranky pants instead of the progressive parent with a degree in positive reinforcement that you are. In some cases, it’s a saying that your kids won’t have a hope of understanding now (i.e. “You sound like a broken record.”)
But the first time it happens, it’s almost like a rite of passage. You have officially adopted the universal, age-old vocabulary of parenting. And when you hear other parents using the same lines as you (like my husband and I often do), it makes you wonder if somewhere along the way there really was a parenting handbook that had to be memorized.
I never got a copy, but it’s not too late to start the e-version. So here goes…
Why do I think that you just might have a few to add?
- She’s not my kid, you are.
- What do you think, we live in a barn?
- Money doesn’t grow on trees.
- I’m going to make you friends (perfect for siblings who are anything but)
- Just wait until we get home.
- I don’t have a refrigerator in here (my mom’s famous line that I’ve pulled out whenever my kids ask me for a chocolate milk, peanut butter sandwich, or a piece of cheese while we’re walking through a store and it’s obvious that all I have on me is my purse).
- I’ll give you something to cry about (my personal favorite).
- Hold your horses.
- As long as you’re living under my roof…
- Someday you’ll thank me.
- Someday I hope your kids act like this for you.
- You should be a lawyer (my Dad’s career advice to me at the age of five).
- Don’t make me stop this car.
- Why? Because I said so.
- Watch out or your face will freeze like that.
- Hay is for horses (handed straight down from my mom to my daughter, who thinks this saying is the cat’s meow).
- This isn’t a democracy. It’s a dictatorship.
I haven’t had to use them all yet, but you just never know when these words of wisdom might come in handy. In the meantime, what are your favs?