Whether you are at a park play-date and a friend proclaims an incredibly cliche saying, or an in-law makes a comment you have heard a million times before, there are certain sayings and/or sentences that you will soon (regrettably) echo once you become a parent.
May it be a very mundane remark to your teenager after he surprisingly doesn't make the bed again, or a reflex demand yelled out to your cranky toddler after a day of no naps, there are a few "go-to's" that will catch up to you once you take the Parent title on.
Read bellow, as we have combined a total of ten sayings that you'll surely find yourself repeating once you take on parenthood. Whether it's something you swore to yourself that you'd never say, or something that just seems totally out of character; you're now a parent. Welcome to your new choice of language.
10 "LET'S ROCK AND ROLL!"
Whether you are rounding the troops to get out the front door or simply requesting your partner wrap things up with a friend, this classic proclamation will slip out of your mouth in the most natural, yet surprising way.
Don't be surprised when this notoriously annoying explanation comes out your mouth, just as easily as it did your own parent's. You won't be happy about it, but at this point, you won't really care.
You just want everyone out that darn door!
9 "OH, IS THAT YOUR GIRLFRIEND/BOYFRIEND?"
This joke truly has most (now a day) parents cringing. And we don't blame them.
It tends to happen somewhere very calm and quiet- like at the playground. Our children begin to mingle and play together and then out of no-where a parent laughingly jokes, "Aw, I think your daughter must have found a boyfriend!" No. Don't. Please, don't.
Firstly, when a parent makes a joke that has an innocent (yet sexually derived assumption) to it, it can be taken offensively. Not to get our knickers in a bunch, but we don't want to normalize relationships this early.
Firstly, don't assume that our child is straight, gay or fluid. We don't want to put presumptions on their sexual orientation before they can understand their sexuality fully.
Let's keep this common comment in our heads before we blurt it out.
8 "WHO'S READY FOR BED?"
Let's be honest: most of us watch that clock just waiting for bed time to roll around.
Not only are we ready for some "us" time, but we may even be the ones "hitting the hay" before our kids actually rest their heads.
"Who's ready for bed?" is a question nearly all parents look forward to. It signals the end of the day. We have survived. They have survived. Now, let's finally rest. Until baby wakes 3X for mid-night feedings...
7 "YOU'RE GETTING SO HEAVY!"
Don't pretend like you don't say this every time you pick your little one up... we know you do. And we know it's because it's true!
Kids are growing so rapidly. Time simply flies by once you become a parent and see your child's growth first-hand. One moment they're the little, crying babies in our arms unable to settle without their parent's touch, another moment they're running around trying to catch up to their siblings and friends.
When your child grows well into toddler-hood, you won't be holding your "baby" as much as you once had.
Don't be surprised when you try and lift them. A back ache may soon be accompanied by an exhaled, "Wow, you're getting so big!"
6 "WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING!"
Age permitting, this demand may be hiding in your back pocket for daily use. It kind of gets yelled out on demand, if we're being honest.
Whether it's for protecting your kid who's climbing un-safely on that jungle gym you warned them about, or a toddler suddenly begins jumping on your bed right after you perfectly made it up, the generic and general warning will likely be used more often than you expect.
Though children thrive on connection and being specific with your request, we don't blame you when you warning is said nearly every day. We're all just here to make sure they're protected and survive they're wild stunts.
5 "PLEASE BE NICE TO YOUR BROTHER/SISTER"
Oh, siblings. There is absolutely nothing more charming that watching your child play so well together.
But, there are bound to be moments of sheer craziness.
Whether it's the little one who took their sibling's toy or perhaps someone not wanting to share the couch with anyone, this will be something a parent to multiples will be yelling out quite often.
Don't be mad if they don't listen to your demand. They're siblings, after all.
4 "DO WE NEED THAT?"
Don't doubt a store's tactical merchandising technique. Of course that toy was placed perfectly at eye-level to your kid! That way, while they're walking and your shopping, they can be distracted and ask you frequently if they can, too, buy a treat for themselves.
There will be many occasions where young kids (even toddlers) don't want to sit in the cart, silently, while you (the parent) get the errands done.
Here's a fantastic article that will give you some pointers to ensure a shopping trip goes as smoothly as possible with your young child.
If not, be prepared to answer their desiring question of, "But, Mom/Dad!" with this answer. Because- no! They don't need another lego set.
3 "DON'T TOUCH THAT!"
Imagine going into a home where no child resides; one where only adults live. Collectables surround their living area. No toy in sight. No mess, no clutter...and then...they invite you and your child over for some "catching up".
Oh, dear. We have all had that moment: you see your child reaching for something. Something that is likely breakable. Whether it's in the said friends' home or a local shop that has items that are not so kid-friendly.
Again, this is something that comes out of our mouths as reflex. We've been told it before, our parents have been told it and now, yes, your very own child.
2 "ONLY 5 MORE MINUTES!"
Now, do you actually abide to the 5-minute rule? Do your children? The answer is likely: no! But, do we use it almost every...single...day? Absolutely!
A classic is, "I'll count to 3!" And God knows what comes after 3... but most of the time (if not all of the time) it works.
This "bribe" tends to come right after, "Only 5 more minutes!"
The beauty of 5 minutes is that children, age permitting, don't understand time very well. 5 minutes could actually be 2. It could be 10. It could be what ever amount of time the parent really wants.
We promise not to tell this to the kids!
1 "I WILL GIVE YOU ___ IF YOU ___."
There, we said it. Dare we admit we bribe our children once in a while, too? It's ok. No Mom/Dad guilt allowed over here.
Say it's a tantrum that's (frankly) lasting far too long. You've got to go; you've got to get dinner in the oven in time for Dad/Mom to come home. Maybe, on the contrary, you need to get out the door to make the Dentist appointment you booked months back and want to avoid that late fee!
Anything to get going, even if it means bribing with a toy, a sticker or some food. We've all been there and it's ok if we need to use this tactic more than we had expected or would have like.