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Readers Respond: The Most Cliche Thing I've Said as a Parent is…

By Devan McGuinness |

Remember back when you were a kid and your mom would irritate you with these phrases she would say that you just hated (not you mom! heh)? I wrote a post a few days ago with the phrases I have heard parents say to their kids that drive me crazy – some of you agreed and some of you didn’t. In fact, most of you were against one of them in particular (“because I said so”).

Babble then decided to ask you all what “the most cliche’ thing you’ve ever said as a parent” was and your answers had me giggling.

Click through to read the hilarious ways Babble readers finished this sentence:

“I will never use those tired parenting phrases on MY kid” – Rachel

“Don’t make me come back there” – Danielle

“Because I said so” – Christina

“I do the counting like my mom used to. 1….2….2 1/2….2 3/4..”  - Joy

“Is that poop or chocolate?” – Rachael

“Because I am your mother and I said so” – Stephanie

“sleep while you can” – Marla

“You can eat whatever you want for breakfast when you’re an adult” – Rachel

“Wait ’til your father gets home” – Joanna

“I’m the mom, that’s why” – Wendy

“This hurts me more than it hurts you.” – Nia

“There are starving children all over the world so EAT YOUR DINNER” – Rachel

“When you grow up and have kids of your own I hope you’ll understand and remember this” – Alana

“One, twooooo, three!” – Tonya

“If all of your friends were jumping off a bridge, would you do it, too??” – Tisha

“Don’t you dare do that” – Veronica

:: Your turn! Tell me – what is the most cliche thing you’ve said as a parent? ::

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Devan McGuinness

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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6 thoughts on “Readers Respond: The Most Cliche Thing I've Said as a Parent is…

  1. Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments says:

    Oh crap – I think I’ve said EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE! What does that say about me???

  2. Jacqui says:

    I’ve said a lot of these… but one that comes to mind is “Close the door… were you born in a barn?!?” My mom used to say that one all of the time.. and now I find myself doing it!

  3. Denise says:

    Pretty much said them all. Because I said so is a favorite because my mom had “I Sed So” as her license plate when I was a kid.

  4. mary says:

    “Do you want me to give you something to cry about?”,,,

  5. Lyuba says:

    Say them all :)
    Especially the “I hope you remember this when you have your own kids!!”

  6. Britta says:

    I say them all too, but the one I thought of is, “Don’t worry about anyone else, worry about yourself.”

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