1)”We’re not laughing at you, we are laughing with you.”
Kids can get really peeved when something goes wrong and you laugh. You really are not laughing at them but at the circumstance. This is a common occurrence and parents need to explain that they are not laughing at the child.
2)”A roast is done, YOU are finished.”
When the youngster has pushed their parent just a little too far Mom or dad will use the example of that itsdone or over with. The kids can relate to a roast that is cooked.
3)”You can, but you may not.”
A double edges sword here where the parent is giving a grammar lesson and at the same time saying no.
4)”You kids go out and play in the yard.”
Whenever it time to get a break from the kids or parents don’t want them around an adult conversation thepolite way of saying “its time to leave” is to tell them to go play in the yard.
5)”Knock it off.”
It’s amazing that the kids understand this term when the parent has become frustrated with what the child is doing. Good job they don’t take it literally.
6)”Put a sock in it.”
This one may not sound comical at the time, but looking at the very common saying it is. Virtually this isthe command that parents resort to when a child won’t give up on something they want, or they are fighting with others.
7)”Hay is for horses.”
8)”Don’t stir up the mud.”
This is a saying that an adult will often say to a youngster who is looking at getting someone else in trouble.
9)”I suppose you think you are special, Lady Jane.”
To begin with who is Lady Jane? I wonder how many kids were brave enough to come back with that question when they were being reamed out by an adult.
10)”You kids will be the death of me yet.”
person saying it were to drop dead the next day.
11)”Don’t burn the candle at both ends.”
Often a saying reserved for the young teens who are still in school and trying to have a nightlife too.
12)”There are starving people who would gladly eat your dinner!”
Do parents honestly think that the kids care or can relate to this?
13)”I was not born yesterday, Mister.”
Here is the parent who is trying to tell the child that they are not as stupid as what the youngster may
14)”Come home when the street lights come on.”
In the old days kids didn’t have cell phones to tell them what time it was. A lot of them didn’t wear watchesso the stree lights acted as a time clock.
15)”And who do you think you are? The Queen of Sheeba”
Not much different to Lady Jane. Does the child really know who the Queen of SHeeba is
16)”One day, God willing, you’ll have one JUST like you.”
17)”You’ll understand when you are a parent.”
This is one of those answers that is given when the parent really doesn’t have an answer.
18)”Just WAIT till your father gets home!”
Nothing like Mom telling the youngster that she doesn’t have the power to control the young one.
19)”I brought you into this world and I’ll just as soon take you out!”
The phrase says it all, and most youngsters facing this will not have a come back.
20)Elbows Off The Table!”
Parents are all about teaching their kids good table manners. It is not a phrase that is used too much todaybecause the kids are too busy to sit at the table to eat a meal.
21)”If you do it and get caught and go to jail, you WILL spend the night.”
The parent using this phrase knows their hands are tied and trying to make it clear that if the child messesup they are on their own.
22)”Can’t never did.”
Another quip for correcting children when they are not using proper English.
23)”This hurts me more than it hurts you.”
A line often used by parents who are feeling guilty about administering some type of punishment. Not likely the kids believe them though even if it is true.
24)”You brought this on yourself.”
This is the parent that is not going to take any responsibility for what action the child has performed.
Kids are known to be dramatic. So parents want to make it clear that whatever has happened to them is no big deal. Well, it might not be to the parent but it sure is for the kid.
26)”You’re not made of sugar, you won’t melt.”
Kids that are using the excuse of not wanting to go to school because the weather is bad, are often handedthis line by their parents. In other words the excuse isn’t going to work.
27)”When I was your age – I had to walk 5 miles to school”
This is in reponse to the kid who is asking for a ride to school because they don’t feel like walking. It isthe “go to” answer for the parent who doesn’t feel like driving them.
28)”I’ll wash your mouth out with soap.”
Another way of telling the youngster they have a foul mouth and it needs cleaning.
29)”We’ll see how funny it is when you are in your room and the rest of us are going for pizza.”
This only works when the event they are going to be left out of is one that they really care about.
30)”Hold your horses.”
Another way of telling the youngster to settle down and be patient.
31)”Your face is going to freeze that way.”
The ideal line for the kid who always screws up their face when they are not happy about something.
32)”We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”
Kids want answers now and don’t intend on waiting. The parent is trying to tell them the situation will behandled when the time is right.
33)”Stop crying before I give you something to cry about!”
The favorite line for the youngster who uses tears to get what they want.
34)”If your best friend jumped off a bridge would you jump off a bridge?”
The come back line for the child that wants to do something because everyone else gets to do it.
35)”Because I said so.”
The only answer when there is no other excuse.
36)”Here’s a dime kid…go call someone who cares.”
The only answer a parent can give when they want to get the message across that the issue at hand is notimportant to them.
37)”Close the door! – were you raised in a barn?”
The retort from the frustrated parent who can’t get it through the kid’s head that doors are meant to beclosed.
38)”Money doesn’t grow on trees”
This is the common response for the youngster who want to buy everything in site.
39)”Do You Think we are heating the neighborhood”
Kids have no idea what it costs to heat a home. SO when they are stood at the door in the middle of winterhaving a conversation with their friends its no wonder the parent gets a little upset.
40)”Quiet down, I can’t even hear myself think.”
A response from the parent who is dealing with a houseful of kids that think they are outside.
41)”Don’t look at me with those eyes.”
42)”If you want to act like a child, I’ll treat you like one.”
Some things that parents say just doesn’t make any sense. What is the point of saying this to a child?
43)”One day you’ll thank me.”
This is a line that is often used by the parent who is feeling a little unappreciated.
44)”Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer.”
This is the justification line. It usually comes when the parent doesn’t have a valid answer.
45)”Your room looks like a cyclone ran through it.”
A common phrase used in the hopes that the kids can relate to the mess of their room.
46)”Talking to you is like talking to a brick wall.”
Some kids are masters at being able to tune their parents out. This answer comes from the frustrated parent.
47)Oh, Betty’s mom lets her go to the movies alone Then go live with Betty’s mom… I’ll help you pack.”
In otherwords the answer is still NO!
48)”You should set a good example for your brother”
This is a parents way of trying to get one child on board to help them parent the other.
49)” If you eat all your dinner, you can have dessert”
50)”Be a Big Girl/Big Boy”
Nothing like wanting your kid to grow up faster than what they are.
51)”I’m Not A Maid”
The last resort line when nobody in the house is lending a helping hand.
52)”I Didn’t Come Down In The Last Shower?”
A line that is used to get the kids to understand that they are not “pulling the wool” over their parent’s eyes.
53)”If I’ve Told You Once I have Told You A Thousand Times”
A message to let the youngster know that this is not the first time they have had this con.
54)”Don’t Come Running To Me WHen You Break Your Legs.”
This really is a foolish line. Like how would a youngster be able to run with broken legs?
55)”Back In My Day”
This is walk down memory lane for the parent who wants to relate to some issue the child is having. Not likely the child is going to care much.
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