This post is about those things our parents used to say to us that we swore we'd never say, but it's really hard not to. Should we admit they were right?
Now that it's summer, most people are going crazy, thinking of fun things to do, enjoying vacation, soaking in some rays. What am I doing? Counting down the days until I can go back to work! Just like when I was a kid, summer vacation really wasn't that fun because I longed to be back in school, this is how it is now. I'm just not that nurturing type of mom who wants to spend every waking moment with my children. I wish I was and I envy the women that are, but that's not me. I love my kids to pieces, but absence makes the heart grow fonder! It's just not in my genes to spend 16 hours a day telling a preschooler and a toddler to stop running, screaming, hitting each other, licking the walls, drinking water out of puddles, etc. My mind is turning to mush in a hurry. And it doesn't seem sensible to get a minimum wage job over the summer, because it would barely cover daycare.
Anyway, so lately my daughter yells at me (she's got that "I'm 4 going on 16" attitude) and she'll say "I AM!!!" and I have yet to say it, but the first instinct I have is to say, "no you am't," which was a phrase my dad used on me quite a few times. And I always wanted to never respond with, "because I said so" because kids really do need answers to many of their questions. But it's hard. I've said it. Cause sometimes the why's are never-ending and I just don't have a good answer.
Then of course I've inherited the phrase, "if you push your brother again, I'm going to stick bamboo chutes under your fingernails and burn all your toys while you watch, tied to the swingset."
Okay, so that last one was not true, but it does sound like it'd be effective, right?
I'm sure you've all got phrases you inherited from your parents... want to share?