18 Total Mom Things We Say to Our Kids on Repeat

Liz Alterman | Apr 21, 2017 Being a Mom
18 Total Mom Things We Say to Our Kids on Repeat
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As moms, we often find ourselves saying the same things over and over again. Whether we're imparting wisdom, issuing gentle (but firm) reminders, or imploring someone to "shut the door!" for the hundredth time, at least we always know we're not alone! We asked moms within the CafeMom community and beyond to share their go-to catchphrases, and some are so good we may have to add them to our repertoire. 

These mothers know what's what and aren't afraid to drill it into their kids' heads -- for their own good, of course. Take a look and see if any of these are in your daily lexicon. 

  • 'Put the Phone Down!'

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    This is one we can all relate to! CafeMom member village.idiot reported that the phrase she repeats again and again is, "Please put your phone down!"

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  • 'Get Out of the Kitchen!'

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    "'Get out of the kitchen!' They think it's a play area or something," explained CafeMom member 2babymomma.

    Can't beat those pots and pans -- well, actually, you can. (And they make a ton of noise!)

  • 'You Can't Taste With Your Eyeballs!'

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    Ha! We love this one that comes from a mom of (we're guessing) some pretty picky eaters: "You can't taste with your eyeballs!" is Michelle Archard's catchphrase.

    We're stealing this! 

  • 'Sister Day!'

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    "Whenever my two daughters are bickering, I say 'Stop it, today is sister day!' It worked well when they were little, and they would stop arguing. Now when I begin with 'Stop it,' they finish the sentence with 'What, it's sister day?' and continue on.
    "And this was actually before I knew there actually was a national sibling day," explained mom Tiya Cunningham-Sumter.
  • 'Do What You Have to Do'

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    "Well, according to me: 'Do what you have to to, so you can do what you wanna do.'

    "According to my boys: 'Keep you penis in your pants.'"

    Both are good bits of advice from Julie Davidson, author of From Conception to Confusion.

  • 'Love Me!'

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    "'Love me!' He is very independent like I am and will play happily in his fort for hours. When I feel like he has been too independent and I am wanting some mommy-son time, I will crawl in his fort with him and make him pay attention to me. I will scoop him up, snuggle him, and tell him to love me. He laughs and shares with me whatever he has been playing (make believe) and we play together. When he needs attention he will crawl in my lap and say, 'Love me, Mama,'" explained CafeMom member redheadtmk.

    So sweet!

  • 'I've Been on This Earth Longer...'

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    "I have two: 'I've been on this earth longer than you, so even if it's only by accident, I know more than you,' and, 'I'm your mom. Any more questions?'" shared mom Joan Fradella, a Florida Supreme Court certified family mediator.

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  • 'Do You Have a Nicer Way of Saying That?'

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    "Usually goes something like: 'There's a nice way, and a not nice way -- do you have a nicer way to say that?'" shared Elaine Taylor-Klaus, CPCC, PCC, parent coach and cofounder of ImpactADHD.

  • 'Life Skill Moment!'

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    "'Life skill moment!' This is spoken when I hear the words, 'I don't know how…' I make them come over and learn how to do whatever they've asked me to do for them, because it's a life skill they need to learn," Jennifer Fromke noted.

  • 'First Is the Worst'

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    "'The First is the Worst.' I say this whenever one of the kids tries something for the first time and it does not go well. Diving. Playing a new piece on the piano. Giving a speech. The first you try anything is the worst you will ever do it. So try it again; it can only get better from here," Fromke added. 

    It's so true, isn't it?

  • 'You Get What You Get'

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    "'You get what you get and you don't get upset.' Often used at dinnertime, but can be applied to many other things," explained Debra B., mother of one teenager.

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  • 'It's All About the Journey...'

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    "I am the mom of three boys -- 17, 15, and 12. A phrase that I say, especially when we are skiing together as a family, is, 'It's all about the journey, not the destination.' My kids like to race down the mountain, while I like to slowly meander back and forth down the slope. They bemoan the fact that I am so slow, and that's when I let them know it's about the journey.

    "I also use that expression at appropriate times at home, when devices and constant entertainment makes patience and boredom unheard of," explains Risa, mom of three. 

  • 'Make Good Choices'

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    "I am the proud mom of an 18-year-old college freshman, Deja. Since Deja was in middle school and started hanging over at friends houses' with less direct adult supervision, I started to say my catchphrase: 'No sex. No drugs. No alcohol. Make good choices.'
    "I've said it so much, by the time she was in high school, she would say it for me on her way out the door.  
    "While she's away at college, we weekly video chat. A couple of months ago as we got off the chat, I started my spiel and she promptly replied, 'I'm in college now so I'll stick to two of them.' After my heart sank and I threatened her with bodily harm, she admitted it was a joke.  
    "I have said it so much to my child that now as a teacher of middle school students, I tell it to them every Friday. And just as Deja relied on that extra reminder, they do too. As each class walks out on Friday whether I remember or not they chant: 'No sex. No drugs. No alcohol. Make good choices.' They tell me too. 
    "I pray that when comforted with difficult choices in life my daughter and my students hear my voice in their heads," shared Dr. Christina R. Kirk.
  • 'Stop Wasting Water!'

    kids playing with hose

    What is it about water that's so hypnotizing to kids -- of all ages? From the sink to the garden hose, plenty of moms said "Stop wasting water!" was their go-to catchphrase.

  • 'Manners Matter'

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    "I have a few things I have repeated so many times they are automatic for my kids; repetition really does help!" noted Jennifer Bright Reich.

    "'Please say please.'

    'Please say thank you.'

    'Please speak more kindly.'" 

    All great advice!

  • 'Hands Out of Your Mouth!'

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    "I'm not a germaphobe. Okay, fine, I'm a little bit of a germaphobe, but mostly I'm a realist. I know all too well what happens when one person in this house gets sick: Everyone gets sick, and I get sick for the longest because I don't have time to take care of myself properly. So when my 5-year-old idly, unthinkingly puts his hands in his mouth, I go a little crazy. He knows better, but it's just a bad habit. As soon as I remind him with my crazy-mom catchphrase, those hands fly right out of that little mouth!" explained Dawn Yanek, founder of Momsanity.com.

  • 'No Jumping on the Couch!'

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    "My poor couch. My preschooler and toddler jump on that thing like it's a trampoline. Not only are they always one jump away from launching themselves into a concussion -- they are also going to send it to couch heaven way before its time and way before we can afford to buy a new one!" adds Yanek.

    As a result, "No jumping on the couch!" is a second phrase Yanek finds herself repeating. 

  • 'Never Show Up Empty Handed'

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    "Never show up to someone's house empty-handed" is what Barbara Caruso tells her kids. 

    We love this! 

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