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The 10 Most Common Mom Said/They Heard Moments of Parenting

By Meghan Gesswein |

As I’ve mentioned before, my kids and I aren’t always the best at communicating with each other. It often seems as though we are speaking two completely different languages.

And then there are the times where, instead of not understanding what I’m saying, they’ve understood it perfectly. Which is to say that they understood what it is that they wanted to hear, and not necessarily what I actually said.

When I read Katie’s post over on Being Pregnant, about what she says versus what her husband hears, I really started to think about how often this happens in our life. So I thought I would put together a list of the most common occurrences. At least one of these things happens on a daily basis in our house.

Check it out below, and then tell me, does this happen in your family? Is there something you would add to the list?

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Apparently, What I Say Isn't What My Kids Hear

Going to the Bathroom

I say: “Go to the bathroom.”
They hear: “Continue to hold yourself and dance around the living room until you almost pee your pants. Then, please feel free to pee all over the toilet seat and floor because you simply can’t hold it long enough to get yourself positioned over the toilet.”
The result: I either yell at them to “JUST GO ALREADY” or I spend another 5 minutes of my life cleaning pee off of the bathroom floor, while they cry because they’ve managed to also pee on the front of their pants and underwear.
Photo Credit: BradleyGee via Flickr

And stay tuned, I’m working on a “They Said/Mom Heard” edition, too!

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About Meghan Gesswein


Meghan Gesswein

Meghan Gesswein is a stay at home mom to three boys. Most of the time. Meghan is extremely active online, and writes for the ever growing mom blog, Meghan GWine. She was a regular contributor to the Parenting channels on Babble.

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5 thoughts on “The 10 Most Common Mom Said/They Heard Moments of Parenting

  1. alison says:

    This list make be belly laugh. I swear all of these things happen on a weekly, if not daily occurrence.

    another one to add to the list as I’ve just told my son for the 1000th time.
    “Back up, you’re too close to the tv.”
    backs up only to be one step closer than before less than a minute later.

  2. heather says:

    so true

  3. Heather says:


  4. Kimberly says:

    I DESPISE socks…if I could get back all of the money I or my mother/mother-in-law has spent on socks for my 3! children our family could go on vacation! LOL
    Well, maybe not…but it seems like it. And throwing the clothes “wherever they may land” is a habit of my kids and my husband as well. I see no end in sight. HELP!! ;D

  5. Yo-yo says:

    the clothes thing. I tell them to put their clothes in the laundry basket. And clothes that are clean get placed in the laundry basket. I sort clothes and know they have not worn this outfit. What gives?
    My addition-Dinner in 5 minutes. What my kiddos hear: let’s start playing with our neighbors.

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