Even Robots Wear Underpants and Other Things Parents Never Thought They'd Say

33395_5930It was about a year ago, playing with my then three-year-old daughter at a Mommy and Me-style preschool class, that I realized she was not wearing any underwear under her dress.

“Where are your underwear?” I hissed in her ear, regretting my decision to let her get herself dressed that morning.

“I don’t like dem,” she said nonchalantly.

I spent the next hour certain she was going to lift her dress and flash the entire class during circle time.  She didn’t.  But what came after was a month long phase where I insisted she wear underwear and she did everything she could to try to get around that rule.

“We wear underwear every day!” I’d sing, something I never thought I’d have to say, let alone teach.

Forget about kids saying the darndest things, it’s parents who often find themselves surprised by the words that leave their mouths.

Over at Motherlode, Lisa Belkin writes:

Then there’s the moment you start saying things you never thought you would say because they aren’t things that you ever imagined anyone saying — usually because you are telling your child to stop something you never imagined anyone doing.

She asked her readers to send in their favorite lines. So I took a quick poll of your favorite Strollerderby bloggers and a few readers, and here’s our contribution:

“Ok, you’re a robot. Even robots wear underpants.”

“Do not LICK your brother, please.”

“Just wipe it on my pants.”

“The cat can’t use the toilet so stop trying to make her.”

“Pee belongs in the toilet.”

“We ALL have to wear pants when we leave the house.”

Got some favorites of your own? Share a laugh with us and leave them here in comments. Then head over to Mommy (and Daddy) Lingo to see what other parents never thought they’d hear themselves say.

Photo: Nara Vieira da Silva Osga,

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