It’s always funny to me the phrases that come out of my mouth when I speak to my child. Moreso are the laughs that come from other people when they realize things that I’ve said to get my child to mimic me, or complete a desired action. Which got me thinking about this week’s blog.
Many times, as parents, we adopt idiosyncratic phrases that are used in our families for two purposes: either to allow our children to parrot back a corrected behavior, or repeat a phrase created for the sole purpose of showing love. This week, listening to a few parents–myself included–I thought about these phrases and their impact on our tiny humans.
Children learn through repetition and rhyme. It’s the easiest way for their brains to assimilate new knowledge. So it comes as no surprise that over time, we parents pick up on phrases we grew up hearing, or create new phrases for our tiny humans to learn and repeat. This week I asked for examples from other people on my Facebook site with one, broad question: What are some phrases your parents said to you, or you say to your children to teach them a life lesson, or show them you love them?
Some phrases were ones I grew up hearing, some were hilarious, but all of them were laced in what I knew was parental love–if not sometimes parental exasperation.
These first few are what I consider phrases of love. They are comments we make to our children to teach them that our love for them comes without bounds. Our hope when saying these phrases is that our children will then turn around and show love to other people.
Parent: Hey, guess what?
Parent: I love you. Hey, guess what?
Parent: I love you. Hey … guess what?
Parent: I love you.
Parent: I’ll eat you up, I love you so!
Parent: I love you to the moon and back.
Child: I love you to the moon and back. (Or just moon and back.)
Parent: I love you, a bushel and a peck. A bushel and a peck, and a hug around the neck. A hug around the neck and a barrel and a heap. A barrel and a heap, and I’m talking in my sleep about you. About you.
I love these! They’re so sweet for the child to hear. These next few are what I consider “life lessons.” They are phrases we want our children to learn from, so that we may teach them about the person we want them to be, and the character we desire of them through life. Some of these are really cute, too, because they sound like Dr. Seuss rhymes!
Parent: How do you eat an elephant?
Child: One bite at a time.
Parent: Be who you is and not what you ain’t, cause if you ain’t what you is, you is what you ain’t.
Parent: You get what you get and that’s all that you get.
Parent: If Johnny stuck his head in a fire, would you do it, too?
Parent: If your friend jumped off a cliff, would you jump off a cliff, too?
Parent: Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Parent: Sharing … .
Child: Is caring.
Parent: And I care … .
Child: About you.
Child: I don’t know where I put my toy.
Parent: Where’s the last place you put it? It will always be there.
Parent: You can’t beat a dead horse. It is what it is.
Parent: Have patience, have patience, don’t be in such a hurry. If you don’t have patience, you’ll only start to worry. Remember, remember, that God had patience, too. Just think of all the times when others have had to wait for you.
Parent: Remember, use Random Acts of Senseless Kindness. (RASK)
Parent: Experience is the best teacher.
I really like these! They definitely show children proper behavior, while giving a set of expectations in which to learn. They teach our children how to exhibit kindness, how to respond with patience, how to be able to stand up for themselves when a friend is doing something inappropriate, or how things may sometimes not go the way they desire.
While reading through some of the comments, I noticed some phrasing that definitely seemed to be born out of sheer exasperation. I found them hilarious, so I thought I would share those, as well!
Child: I need a bandaid!
Parent: Are you bleeding?
Child: No, but it really hurts!
Parent: If there isn’t blood, there’s not a bandaid.
Parent: Keep it Simple, Silly. (KISS)
Parent: You want something to cry about? I’ll give you something to cry about!
Parent: Your a** is grass, and I’m the lawnmower. **Side note, I think I died laughing reading this one!
Parent: Don’t just sit there like a bump on a pickle, get up and do something!
Parent: If the sun is not up, it is not time to get up!
Parent: As long as you live under my ocean, you’ll obey my rules!
Parent: If I have to come up there and help you look for it, I’m throwing it away!
Parent: If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy.
I believe my favorites were the lawnmower, and The Little Mermaid reference! These are by no means a complete list of sayings, but I’d like to thank everyone who helped contribute. It is always nice to see what other parents say, … mostly to learn that I’m not so crazy!
Any other phrases? This blog can definitely be extended. Please share a comment below!