18 Total Mom Things We Say to Our Kids on Repeat

Liz Alterman | Apr 21, 2017 Being a Mom
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  • '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!'

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    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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