Most Common Things Parents Say To Their Kids
I really hate how muchI have become a broken record, I say things without thinking and as soon as it is out of my mouth, I am tired of hearing it too.
We all do it. We repeat the same phrase over and over, and for some reason we expect the kids to respond. But they don't hear us - they hear the teacher's voice from Charlie Brown instead. Even I hear it when I'm talking sometimes.
We were all in the car recently when a DJ asked what the most common phrase a parent tells their kid is.
The callers suggested things like: "Stop hitting your brother!" and "Get Your Shoes On" or the popular, "And what do you say?"
It turns out the most common thing parents say to kids is: "Shut the Door!" (Note: I tried to find the source of this statistic.)
I really don't think that it's the most common saying in our house. We are more likely to yell:
- "Hang up your coat!"
- "That is enough screentime!"
- "No more cookies!"
- "Who's socks are these?" (we find a lot of socks hanging around, but that is for another post...)
- "Walk the dog!" Why not? I don't even know why we got a dog anyways, I do everything...
- "Clear your plates!"
- "Turn the TV off!"
- "Where is the [fill in blank] charger!"
- "Hurry Up! We are going to be late!"
- "Where is my phone?" Followed by: "Can you hear my phone ringing somewhere?"
- "I don't care who started it, I care who finished it."
- "Get your own [glass, plate, fork, drink, etc]!"
- "That is not okay!"
- "No, you cannot have Call of Duty!"
- "When was the last time you had a shower?"
- And the ever popular: "Who didn't replace the toilet roll?"
Do any of those sound familiar? I know that a parenting expert would tell me to stop using the lines that don't work. In fact, I should stop talking and just use other methods, like putting all the socks in a box beside the couch, and turning off the TV at a certain time everyday. But sometimes these things just slip out without me even thinking about it.
What are the most common things you say to your kids? Do you get sick of saying them?
Want more chaos? Last year, I wrote about how my husband and I divide our money.