This weeks Blog of the Week from Helen who blogs at Stickers, Stars and Smiles had us all chuckling in recognition as she bemoans the fact that she is slowly turning into her mum!
We would love to know what you do and say that make you sound like your mum too.
8 things that make me sound like my mum…..
Not because there is anything wrong with my mum, you understand; she’s lovely.
It’s just I wanted to be me as a mum, not take on my parents mistakes or successes when raising my kids. I guess its inevitable. I suppose I was hoping it would be less obvious though. *fat chance*
You see, everyday I can hear her voice in my head, just a few seconds after I have uttered some momentous thing to my kids. The words just slip out my mouth. And before I know it, I can see her staring back at me when I was five…and then again when I was ten, and so on.
“I will never say that to my kids.”
1. What’s the magic word?
Sadly, I say this all the bloody time. It drives me nuts. Why can’t they just remember to say please and thank you? Will I be saying it to them when they are 25 and asking if they can have the money for a deposit on the house. Bet I will *gibber gibber*
2. Normal voice
Mummy. Mummy. Mummy.
It looks so innocuous when you write it down. It’s not. Not when it’s said in THAT tone. They never listen though. That’s why a different kind of whine may be required when they are in bed.
I think perhaps my mum said it so much. I now believe its true.
You CAN become a ninja just by eating small orange vegetables. Why not? Spinach did Popeye a lot of good after all. Well apart from the Olive Oil thing. Never understood what they both saw in her…
4. Be with you in two minutes..
My mum said this a lot. I do as well. I think you have to otherwise you will slowly but surely become your kid’s slave. I reckon if I had a £1 for everything my kids asked for before we left for school in the morning, world debt would be wiped out before half-term.
If I didn’t say this, I’d also never get anything done, like empty the washing, put the clothes away, tidy up after breakfast or eat my cereal. Oh hold on, never get that last bit done anyway….
5. Just eat it
Mealtimes and kids. No-one prepares you. No-one. I may say just these three words. But in my head I am adding an extra expletive. It’s the only way to stop my head with exploding with the sheer frustration of it all. And sometimes even that doesn’t actually work.
Just f**king eat it!
Can’t possibly say that out loud, but screaming it in ones head does you the world of good.
Wonder if my mum did that too…?
6. It’s your time you’re wasting
Clearly kids take ages to do stuff. Particularly if you have to be somewhere desperately. An extra two minutes at the playground means nothing to a three year old, but I still say it. It makes me feel better. It’s actually my time they FEEL like they are wasting. But they aren’t really. I just need to get a grip. Being two minutes later at the playground isn’t going to kill us after all.
7. Because it is
When you have been asked “why” YET AGAIN. There is no better answer than this. I know it means nothing. I know it doesn’t teach them anything about the world. I know I shouldn’t do it. But I am tired. Sorry.
“I love you as much as 5,000 hundred million thousand times around the world, up the Eiffel Tower and back down again, and to the common and back.”
It’s a competition and they always win. I don’t know numbers higher than theirs you see.
What did your mum say to you that you thought you never would and find yourself doing it with your kids? Bet there are a million hundred thousand other things I haven’t included…