Parenting can sound repetetive. Here’s a list of some of the things I say every day.
I took the time to listen to myself recently and realized rather quickly I say the same things every day.
I’m basically a broken record of reminders, corrections and tired incentives. Some call it nagging, but I prefer to think of it as maintaining a consistent message.
I’m not the only one. I hear these same phrases repeated again and again by parents everywhere. So even if I am a nag, there’s some comfort in knowing at least it’s a shared approach.
Regardless, here’s my list of things I say every day:
“Let’s go potty.”
“Did you go potty?”
“Pee-pee or poo-poo?”
“Do you need help in the potty?”
“All right, no skids!”
“Let’s wash our hands.”
“Did you wash your hands?”
“Two more bites.”
“Finish chewing what’s in your mouth, first.”
“Where’s your milk?”
“Who wants to hit the button (on the television)?”
“We can watch one TV show.”
“I didn’t hear you say please.”
(I don’t know much Spanish, but here’s a little bit I use daily. It translates to ‘let’s go.’ I’m sure the boys will be bilingual in no time.)
“We don’t hit!”
“We don’t suck our thumb anymore. You’re four years old. That’s the rule.”
“Did I ask you to do that?”
“Why did you think that was a good idea?”
“Wait. I need to wipe your hands first.”
“We aren’t playing in the sandbox today.”
“Take it easy.”
“Say you’re sorry.”
“Who wants to go on a walk? Should we go in the wagon or in the stroller?”
“Take off your shoes.”
“Let your brother play with it for two minutes. Then you can have a turn.”
“No, I don’t want to smell your (hands, feet or elbow).”
“Don’t point that at me.”
“Ok boys, five more minutes.”
“Go stand in the corner!”
“What time are you going to be home?” (asked to The Wife)
“I love you.”
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Howard Ludwig is a former business writer who traded his reporter’s notebook for a diaper bag, becoming a stay-at-home dad.
2 thoughts on “Things I Say Everyday”
I find the same thing. Drives me up a tree. It wasn’t okay to do that yesterday, it’s not okay today, and it’s a pretty safe bet that it still won’t be okay tomorrow. So can we save both of ourselves some aggravation and not make me say that again?! 😉
Some of mine:
Did you flush? Wipe? Wash your hands?
Brush your teeth? Did you do a good job? Let me see. Go brush your teeth!
Please turn off the light.
Close the door! In or out. You’re letting out all my cold air/heat!
You’re not hungry, you’re bored. Half of your last meal is still on the table.
And of course my all time favorite, “we don’t stick forks in our ears!”
Howard, can’t wait for Oct 2 in Omaha! You gonna make it this year?