I say the same things all day long. It’s a lot of fun. Especially if you’re the type of person that takes “wet, lather, rinse, repeat,” literally and enjoys the monotony of it. You’d love to hang out at my house. The repeat button goes off until my battery dies.
But I have my phrases that keep me calm and help me carry on. My mother scarred me for life with her phrases and now I’m doing it to my kids. I still cringe if I think about the phrase, “Jump up,” which meant it was time to get moving and get busy working. I hated hearing that as a kid. Wait just a minute…I’m having a mild panic attack just thinking about it…
Oh the plight of a mother. It’s now my turn to scar. Too bad.
If I got paid a dollar for every time I said…
“Just a minute” (This one has several ring tones to it: High, low, fast and slow. Better for the kids if I never reach the slow mode.)
“Shoes! Teeth! Get in the car please!”
“Please pick that up”
“If you don’t pick it up, it’s mine!”
“Gobble Bag is coming out in 5 minutes!” (That’s how I keep crap off the floor. It’s a garbage bag.)
“Five more bites and you can be done”
“Oops, start over, try that one again!” (When I’m being sassed or disobeyed is when this one flies out.)
“Please stop fighting”
“Sorry, no treats until after dinner”
“Way to go”
“Yes, I love it”
“I don’t know”
“No, we’re not watching a movie right now”
“You can play on the computer as soon as your chart is done”
“I love you too much to argue” (Thanks to the book, “Parenting with Love and Logic”)
“Whoops! Please go to your room until you’re happy!”
“I love you”
If I got paid a dollar for every time I asked…
“Did you wipe, flush and wash hands?”
“What did you do at school today?”
“What are you doing?”
“What do you say? What’s the magic word?”
“Would you like to pay me to do your jobs?”
“Is your bed made, homework done and room clean?”
“Why did you hit him/her?”
“Have you gone potty lately?”
“When did you grow up?”
“Want to help unload the dishwasher or start on homework, you choose!?”
Not joking, a dollar for each of those phrases would have me ROLLIN IN SOME SERIOUS DINERO!
Do you have certain phrases that repeatedly come out of your mouth every day?
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