“Make a face like that and it will stick that way!”
“Read in the dark and you’ll go blind!”
“Crack your knuckles and they’ll spread out and you won’t be able to play the piano anymore!”
I asked Cody about some of the things his mom said to him that in hindsight were absolutely ridiculous, these were his answers. I find myself telling Addie somewhat ridiculous lies daily, only to soothe my lying soul I tell myself that they are old wives’ tales and that they are in place for parents just like me who aren’t afraid of ridiculous scare tactics to get my kid to comply to my demands. Lately I’ve been questioning myself as to the origins of these old wives tales as I still believe some of the myself (wet hair + cold air = sick!) so I decided to research the back story on some of the more famous old wives’ tales.
Turns out? Most of them come from generations of moms tired of trying to reason with their kids.
Proof that being a mom hasn’t changed all that much in hundreds of years.
What’s the best old wives’ tale you tell your kids?
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