Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ten Things I Never Thought I’d Say to My Children


No introduction. No throat-clearing. Just a list of ten things I never anticipated that I would have to say to my children.

  1. I know it fits, but it doesn’t need to go in your nose.
  2. Broccoli tastes good. {Funny how your tastes change as you grow older.}
  3. I don’t know what to do. {When you were a child, didn’t you think that you would know everything when you grew up?}
  4. No, I don’t need to be plunged. {Don’t freak out. It’s a very clean, sink-only, mini plunger we let the toddler get out of the cabinet in the bathroom. It keeps him occupied while I fix my hair.}
  5. Don’t stick that pretzel in your nose. {Apparently, children like to put objects in their noses!}
  6. No, that underwear doesn’t go on your head.
  7. What did you think was going to happen?
  8. Sure, have some more candy. Have all you want. {It is so easy to give in when you’re tired of the pestering and desperate for some quiet.}
  9. Don’t sit on his head!
  10. Labor isn’t that bad. {It’s a good kind of pain. Um, yeah . . . let’s stick with that.}

And a bonus ~

I’m sorry. Will you forgive me? {We parents make mistakes too. We need to own up to them.}









What have you said to your children that you never thought you would?




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30 comments:

  1. Funny post, Meghan! I say these things to my children too, then I think, "Did I just say what I think I said?" :)
    Hope you're having a lovely week.

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    1. Yes! It's out of your mouth, and then you realize how it sounded. Thanks for popping in, Lisa!

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  2. Yes there are many things that have come from my mouth that I never imagined would now that I am a mom. but I agree the please forgive me one is the most important - how can we expect our children to ask for forgiveness if we are showing by example.

    thanks for sharing!

    Marissa
    http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com

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    1. It's hard to do sometimes, but so necessary. Thanks, Marissa.

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  3. I apologize to my son regularly. He can push my buttons to no end, but even when I lose my temper, I want him to remember me apologizing to him. I love the sure have all the candy. I use similar statements every day.

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    1. We don't have candy very often, so when we do have it they pester like crazy! Thanks, Melissa.

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  4. Ha ha! Great list! The things I say that I never thought I would are things that make me cringe when they come out, 'cause I sound just like my parents! "I might as well be talking to the walls". :)

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    1. Oh Jillian, I think that's another list entirely! "If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump?"

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  5. To my son: you can't ride your bike naked.

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    1. Sandy, I have tears in my eyes from laughing so hard!

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  6. oooh I have a TON of these!

    Yesterday's manners lesson- do not growl when I tell you no!

    You might like these too!
    http://www.weakandloved.com/search?q=things+I+should+not+have+to+say

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    1. You have some great lists, Emily. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Love this! I think it's very important to tell children you're sorry when you mess up. It lets them know that you're not perfect and that they matter too!
    Here's my list:
    http://supermommyornot.blogspot.com/2012/06/things-i-never-thought-id-say.html#

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    1. Your list is hilarious, Hannah! And a little bit gross. . . but sometimes that's just what motherhood is! Thanks!

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  8. Love it! Here are mine:

    "You've already had three baths today. No, you may not have another."
    "Don't pee in your dump truck."
    "Don't put the airplane in your bottom." (said to the son of a friend who was having a sleep over)

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  9. Okay, those made me laugh! And I've said a lot of those to my own children. I'm sure I have some good ones hiding somewhere in the back of my tired mommy brain, but they don't want to come out at the moment. Thanks for sharing this. And for linking up with NOBH. Smiles!

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    1. I actually had to ask my children to help me come up with these. I remembered some through the haze of continual exhaustion, but not all. Thanks for commenting, and thanks for the link-up opportunity!

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  10. "No, son, don't stick your fingers down the shower drain!"
    Somehow it never occurred to me that he might try that?!

    P.S. I don't think I'll ever say that labor isn't that bad.

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    1. I think that's why these tickle me so much, Elise. It would never occur to me to do any of the things that elicit those responses. Thanks for stopping in!

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  11. Visiting from Be Not Weary, and enjoyed the chuckle. As a homeschooling mom, one of my "I can't believe I just said that" moments was when I told my eldest daughter, "I'm sorry, but you haven't gotten your school work done, so I'm going to have to punish you. No reading for the rest of the day."

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    1. No reading? That would have been torture for me. Probably was for your daughter also! Thanks, Lori!

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  12. Hi! I am visiting from the modest mom blog and enjoyed your list. One thing I will never forget that I can't believe I said to my son was, I don't ever want to see you riding the dog again!! Hehehe!

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    1. Thanks for much for stopping in and adding to the list!

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  13. Don't eat chicken poop! Lol. I loved it. Thanks so much for sharing at Mom's Library!

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    1. Gross! Definitely something we all would say!

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  14. Lol. These are great! I'd love to have you link this up to Titus 2 Tuesday on Cornerstone Confessions. I hope to see you there!

    Kathy

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  15. A fun mixture here! I can't help but laugh at myself when some things come out of my mouth. It's even funnier when it comes out of his two seconds later! Thanks for linking up with WIP!

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    1. That's so true, Mary Beth. They mimic nearly everything we say, or at least those things we wish they wouldn't!

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