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7 Things Parents Say That Bring Out the Drama and Make Me Cringe

By Devan McGuinness |

We all know that kids can be annoying. I am sure that is something I am not supposed to say because people like to portray that parenting and kids are all roses. Not the case. A few days ago I shared the post covering the annoying things that kids say — things that drive me crazy.  It was comforting to know there were many of you out there who are also annoyed by certain phrases said by kids.

Today I am tackling the other side of the relationship: the annoying and drama-inducing things that parents say. We’re not perfect either. Click through to read the 7 things parents say that make me cringe:


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What Not to Say to Your Kids

"I Gave You Life; I Can Take It Away"

Really, nothing like the threat of extreme violence to make your kid fall in line. Though I am certain (well, really hoping) that this is an empty threat - it doesn't exactly send a great message.
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:: any phrases that drive you crazy? tell me in the comments ::


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Devan McGuinness is the writer of the lifestyle blog Accustomed Chaos. After surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan founded Unspoken Grief, a resource and support site for perinatal and neonatal loss. Read bio and latest posts → Read Devan's latest posts →

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9 thoughts on “7 Things Parents Say That Bring Out the Drama and Make Me Cringe

  1. SJP says:

    I agree with all of them except one — “Because I said so”….yeah, I tried not to use that one but after a certain point it just needs to be said. I usually say “Because I’m the mom”. Kids don’t need an explanation for EVERYTHING.

  2. dilshad says:

    i think kids are so stubuorn this days.

  3. AmyRyb says:

    Agree with SJP about “Because I said so”. Sometimes it just is as it is and it isn’t worth the long, drawn-out explanation about why. Not that my kid will internalize it anyway, as he’ll just be asking again later regardless of what I say. I can give him every logical reason in the book, but if doing that and leaving it at “Because I said so” get me to the same end, I’d rather go the easy route. I try to answer thoughtfully as much as I can, but sometimes you just can’t.

  4. Jaime says:

    i don’t agree with the “because i said so” because my son should do what i tell him regardless of if he agrees with the reason WHY. giving a reason often leads to an argument. if i tell him to do something for his own safety, it is not a debatable topic. he needs to know that when mommy says something to do it. end of story.

  5. bwsf says:

    Sometimes the answer truly is, “Because I said so.” Sorry, but it is.

  6. Devan McGuinness says:

    I think it is more respectful to say something like “this is the end of discussion” after explaining if the child keeps pressing then just saying “because I said so”. No?

  7. Aunt Jayne says:

    I hate when I hear a parent say something like “Are you stupid?” or Don’t be “rediculous” Etc.

  8. Amy says:

    I can’s stand really bad stock photos. So distracting!

  9. Emmy says:

    I HATE IT WHEN PARENTS SAY: your sister would never do that now would she?

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