1. “Do you try to piss your mother off on purpose?”
Just once, wouldn’t it be great if some kid answered, “Actually, yes”?
2. “When you’re the mother you can do what you want.”
This one is particularly hilarious if you say it to your son.
3. “Don’t wear your rubber boots in the sunshine. It will give you a headache.”
This phrase is clearly used to confuse children into submission.
4. “Don’t make me come in there.”
When has any mom not come in there after saying this?!
5. “What does this look like, a circus?”
When our kids hear this, they must think, “No it’s not a circus. It’s our house, silly!” Then they go back to acting like lunatics.
6. “Do you want something to cry about?”
Quite possibly the most terrifying thing a parent can say to their child. And yet, we all say it.
7. “You weren’t raised in barn.”
Depending on the behavior in question, this one can be an insult to all animals actually born in barns.
8. “Do you have potatoes in your ears?”
Any child who doesn’t hear what his mom says, or pretends not to hear, is accused of having everything from potatoes to socks in his ears. As if!
9. “Don’t make me turn this car around.”
I challenge any mom to get through a day without saying this. It’s utterly impossible.
10. “Close the door. We aren’t heating the outside.”
Is there a parent on Earth who doesn’t have some version of this? My Dad always said, “I’m not supporting the Gas Company.” Like anyone thought he was.
11. “I’m considering trading you in for a monkey.”
The implication here is that a monkey would be easier to discipline than some kids. That’s definitely true in my house around 5 p.m.!
12. “A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.”
Wait, what bush? And why are you holding a bird?
13. “You’re pulling my leg.”
Or, “You’re not telling the truth!”
14. “Bite your tongue!”
As in, don’t say that again!