When you’re little, it’s amazing what stuff your parents come out with in order to get to you behave or listen to them.
A survey by Mothercare shows that we must have taken in some of the sayings as not only are we remembering them, but we’re also imparting them onto our own children as parents.
The research shows nuggets of wisdom such as “Who’s she, the cat’s mother?” (what does that even mean, anyway?!) and “close the door, you weren’t born in a barn.”
I’m as guilty as the next person when it comes to spouting daft phrases when speaking to the little munchkins.
Some gems from this household have been:
“Don’t sit too close to the telly. You’ll get square eyes.”
“Do as I say, not as I do.” (Said in response to little moans such as grown ups are allowed to stay up and they’re not.)
“If you pull daft faces like that, the wind will change and you’ll be stuck like that.”
“Eat your crusts. It’ll make your hair curly.”
“Eat your carrots. They’re good for your eyes, you know. How many rabbits have you seen wearing glasses?!”
“So what if little Johnny has a Nintendo ds, an Xbox, and his own private jet? If little Johnny jumped off a cliff would you follow him?!”
The list is endless. Have you ever caught yourself using any of these phrases to your small ones, or do you have any of your own to add to the list that I’ve forgotten?!
Survey taken from here