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View Poll Results: Do you say the same things to your kids that your parents said to you?
yes, it's a natural reflex 20 42.55%
no 6 12.77%
sometimes 21 44.68%
other (will leave it in a comment) 0 0%
Voters: 47. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-27-2008, 10:07 AM
 
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I swore I'd never say "because I said so!" to my kids, but after hearing "why? why? why? why?" over and over again, it's become one of my catchphrases.
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:01 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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I say a few things like "Yes, I am the world's meanest mom.' or 'You'll be sad if someone runs over your bike because you left it in the driveway agian.'

But I don't repeat my dad's catch phrases, they are/were uncalled for. I don't ask 'Who is the stupid little Mother F*&$^@ that did this?!' He has many 'fun' catch phrases for all kinds of situations.
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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"No dessert if you don't finish your dinner. There are, after all, starving children in ________ (insert country, it was China when I was growing up)"


"Do I look like a maid/waitress/chef ??"

" I don't care what so and so's mom says, I'm not their mom!!"

"Turn off those lights, I don't own stock in the electric company"

and along the same lines:

"I am going to charge a quarter for every light you leave on!!"

Probably the one I use the most (I have 3 girls),

"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all!!!"
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:43 PM
 
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Feel free to share some of the "catch phrases" you heard all of the time that you have passed on to your own children?
"You can all pound salt"....that my mom would say to us & my dad when we pushed her too far & annoyed her.

My parents use to ask us if we had a nickel for every time we opened up the refrig & just stared to see if there was anything good to eat. I say that one not to my children but my husband

And the infamous "Do I need to turn the car around & go home?" The first time we asked this to our son he said "Yes, b/c I want to watch Toy Story".
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:52 PM
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Location: Twin Cities
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I've heard almost all of these, and used many of them on my kids. One I've used recently is, "do you want to go live with grandma? Let me tell you what it was like when I was a kid....and trust, me I'm much nicer than grandma is!" Thank goodness gramma lives 12 hours away and that doesn't get back to her. The old woman could still whip my hide! And she'd probably try too!
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Here... for now
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"Do you think I'm made out of money???" I was always tempted to do a quick inspect but realized it might not be the best time to do so .

I'm sad to admit I've also used the tired and true (pun intended ) "Because I said so" on rare occasions. As a kid, I swore I'd never say it, but that blasted sentence just blurts out every now and then. I often try to make it sound original ("Because, uh, that's the way it is") but in my head it still comes out "Because I said so". Sometimes, after you've tried reasoning 100+ times, it's the only phrase that fits the occasion .
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Old 06-27-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: In a delirium
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"No dessert if you don't finish your dinner. There are, after all, starving children in ________ (insert country, it was China when I was growing up)"
NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! That's the worst one ever. My dad would always say that and it was always Africa. Do you find yourself cringing when you say it? God forbid that that ever falls out of my mouth. It just doesn't work. I, like every other kid, would always suggest that my parents send the food to those children. Then I'd get in trouble, but to this day I think it's a logical response. I wasn't hungry; those kids were; they should have gotten the food.

But, I do say "Because I said so" every single day and every single day it does not work.

Last edited by Hoosier; 06-27-2008 at 09:00 PM.. Reason: fixing quote
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Old 06-27-2008, 04:06 PM
 
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The one I really notice myself doing is going "kakas, it's the kakas ewwie stinky kakas" in the high pitched funny voice whenever I change my daughters diaper. My mom did it to me and all my sisters and I just picked it up!
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Old 06-27-2008, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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This is my first visit to the Parenting Forum, and I must say, I have had a smile on my face throughout this thread. It’s rare to encounter a thread containing 100% enjoyable posts. Thanks for the laughs!

Most of your experiences are similar to mine. So similar, it took several minutes to think of something that hadn’t been mentioned. Then, I thought of what my mom would say when she spanked us (no abuse): “This hurts me more than it hurts you.” As a kid, I would say to myself, “Yeah, sure, it hurts her -- I bet.” I found myself saying that to my son……and really meaning it. It was soooo difficult.

One thing is certain; when I became a mother, I developed a greater appreciation for my parents.
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Old 06-28-2008, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Buffalo :-)
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Benicar, I'm glad we all are enjoying this thread, there's no manual for parenting but there's also a lot of fun being a child and then raising children that is so often over-looked.

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One thing is certain; when I became a mother, I developed a greater appreciation for my parents.
Amen to that! It took me 20 years to tell my mother she was right all along, I honestly didn't mean to make her cry with that.
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