Looking back on your childhood, you will clearly remember rolling your eyes and thinking “I’ll never say such things to my kids one day” and “where do they get it from?” Well now you know because you have officially turned into your parents… how many years later? It is a scary thought how history has a way of repeating itself.
So here are some of the age-old favourites to take you down ‘memory lane’.
- “If you don’t stop pulling that face it may stay that way!”
We didn’t believe it then so why should our kids believe it now?
- “If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you follow them?
Why compare having fun with your friends to jumping off a cliff? No sense at all but we continue to say it.
- “What part of ‘no’ don’t you understand?”
We still don’t know how many parts of ‘no’ there are – maybe this smarter generation can work it out!
- “Because I said so.”
Well this is really a stupid answer but maybe all the ‘whys’ force us to lose all rational thinking.
- “As long as you live under my roof, you’ll do as I say!”
A Dads favourite which caused major ‘eye-rolling’ and that’s exactly what our kids are doing to us.
- “When I was your age we didn’t have all these crazy toys.”
Once you’ve made this statement it will confirm their belief that you are ancient.
- “Don’t make me turn this car around!”
No one ever did turn their car around and we know we never will so why do we bother saying it?
- “How many times do I have to tell you?”
Well how many times and who’s counting…another absurd question that we continue to use.
- “Close the door. You weren’t born in a stable!”
This one was confusing as I always thought most stables have doors. Is this a question to get kids thinking?
- “I’ve had it up to here with you!”
Had what up to where, how, when and why? Does anyone even know?
- “Just wait until your father/mother gets home.”
Is this the finally ultimatum or passing the buck? We’ve even got the kids confused.
- “I hope someday you have children just like you.”
Well, the day has arrived and are they just like you?
- “There are starving children out there!”
Did this ever work but here we are trying it again to get our kids to finish eating. Could we not think of a more creative way?
- “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out of it!”
Is this to confuse the kid who may be happy that he won’t be left behind?
- “Some day when you’re older, you’ll understand.”
And they probably thinking you simply don’t have the answer.
- “I’ll give you something to cry about!”
Really mean and your kids think so too.
So re-think these statements. Parenting has changed over the years and adopted a more modern approach. Maybe it is time to think of a more convincing argument in order to gain a better understanding and respect.