I keep catching myself recently saying the phrases my parents used when me and my siblings were children. Then I groan – I’m turning into my parents?
The phrases I’ve found myself using in the past:
- Don’t make me come over there
- If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times
- How many times do I have to tell you…
- I’m not going to tell/ask you again (there’s a common theme then in the last three)
- I’m going to count to 3 (it took a while to adopt this one but when I found out it worked…it has been not too often but often enough!)
- It’ll end in tears
- Don’t come crying to me when you hurt yourself (Stuart tells me its “Don’t come running to me if you break your legs” – seems to have got lost in translation somewhere down the line in our family)
Its not just me, I hear other parents do it too – whether I know them or not, you know they must be using the same phrases that were said to them, you can just tell!
- If the wind changes direction, you’ll stay like that (I haven’t used this yet but can’t wait to do so!)
- I’ll wash your mouth out with soap & water (my parents said it to me, hope I will never say it but did hear someone else say it the other day!)
I am sure I’ve said and heard more!
I wonder whether they will be passed on to our children or what knew ones there will be by then!
And, is it so bad to turn into my parents? I don’t think I’ve turned out that bad *twitch* *dribble* *twitch*.