8 Things Parents Say Over and Over and Over Again
Few things in parenting are as exciting as when your toddler first starts to understand language. Unfortunately, before you and your child enjoy any sparking conversations you will have to repeat these eight phrases over and over and over (and, uh, over).
"Because I said so."
Parents utter this classic on average 3.7 minutes after their child learns the word “Why?”
“Don’t do that!”
Parents most often say this after they’ve taken their eyes off their child for a second, then looked back to see them pulling the cat’s tail, bouncing a ball off the TV, or hanging from the chandelier.
“Think... where did you put it?”
Just about every day your child will misplace, and be desperate to find, their favorite toy. In my house this happens right before bedtime with a teddy bear she absolutely must sleep with.
“Just try it.”
“What is what parents say to their toddlers when they offer them a new food, Alex?”
“Yes, you can!”
“I can’t do it.” “Yes, you can!” “No, I can’t!” “YES, YOU CAN!” “NO, I CAN’T!” It’s like a twisted version of the Irving Berlin song.
There are 1,254 contexts for this: 1. Your child asks for candy at the supermarket. 2. Your child wants to stay up past bedtime. 3. Your child wants to go outside without any clothes on. Your child…
“Why are you crying?”
No child has ever actually answered this question, but we keep asking.
“I love you.”
Of all of these phrases, this is the one we say the most.
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