Mother’s Day is right around the corner and as I was pondering on my life as a mom raising my children, and reflecting back on my own childhood with my mother, I realized that a lot of what comes out of my mouth as a parent sounds just like my mother!! I know that my mom was shaping and molding me into the person that I am today (I think!) and that I was trying to do the same with my kids. But how did she do that? With Momisms, of course!
What are Momisms? Well, all moms use them. They are those quotes that we say over and over again to scold and teach our children. We fall back on the ones we know because we know they worked on us……maybe not when mom wanted them to, but eventually we grew into the terrific person that we are today!
It’s not hard to understand why Momisms stand the test of time. They transcend into every race, language and culture and prove to the world that moms are caring, full of love and concern, and of course, all knowing! Mother Knows Best!!
Here are some of my favorite Momisms:
I just want what’s best for you.
Money does not grow on trees.
Eat your vegetables so that you will grow up to be strong.
Drink your milk so you will have strong bones.
How do you know you don’t like it, you’ve never tasted it.
Don’t talk with your mouth full.
I am not your maid.
If I talked to my mother like you talk to me…..
What part of NO! did you not understand?
I’ll treat you like an adult when you start acting like one.
Don’t pick your nose.
Don’t put that in your mouth, you don’t know where it’s been.
What if everyone jumped off a cliff? Would you do it?
You are not going anywhere dressed like that!
I don’t care what other kids do….I’m not their mom.
Someday your face will stick like that.
Go to your room and think about what you’ve done.
Don’t make me come in there!
If you’re bored, I can always find something for you to do.
You’re the oldest; you should know better.
Always wear clean underwear. You never know when you will be in an accident.
This is why we cannot have nice things.
If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times!
I hope that when you grow up, you have kids just like you.
If you fall out of that tree and break your leg, don’t come running to me.
Why didn’t you call me?
There’s no use crying over spilled milk.
Who do you think you are talking to?
Don’t go out with a wet head, you will catch a cold.
Watch your mouth, young lady (or young man).
I’m doing this for your own good!
Someday you will thank me for this!
When you have your own house, you can make the rules.
I’ve got eyes in the back of my head and I can see everything.
Wait until your father gets home…
Are you listening to me?
And my favorite: Because I said so!!
These are just a few of the Momisms that I know and every family has their own. These words of wisdom will ring down through the generations to come and one day we all come to understand that Mother really does know best!!
Please feel free to share with us some of your favorite Momisms. We would love to hear them and maybe even add them to our growing list! 🙂
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diane grubbs says
Love this posting!
Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou says
Sounds like a very fun list! I’ve always enjoyed the comic thoughts we get when we realize, “Oh no! I am sounding just like my mother!” Lol. It’s just unavoidable – the mom in us comes out and we revert back to the things our mother taught us. It’s how it should be I guess. 🙂 Thankful I had a very loving and wise mother. I hope I do as well with my three – so far so good. Blessings to you and thanks for sharing!
Money doesn’t grow on trees is my favorite & most often said! lol
Mama to 4 Blessings says
I was told a lot of these growing up and now I find myself using them on my kids!
Kristy - Savvy and Sassy says
This is so funny! and so very true at the same time. I catch myself saying some of those things and all I can do is shake my head. 🙂
Yeah, been there, said that!! Not all of them but with my two boys it wouldn’t surprise me I’ll say them all at least once!!
My mom’s favorite: when you live in your own house you can do whatever you want (specifically said after we asked for some pop)
Dani @ OKDani.com says
Man. I heard SO many of these growing up!
If I don’t like it I’m not buying it.
Erinn S says
i use because I said so ALL the time
You know, these are things that I hated hearing as I was growing up…but now that I’m a mom, I use all the time. I’m constantly telling my 4 year old that she needs to eat to grow big and strong and I’m always asking my 2 year old what part of “no” she doesn’t understand. Each time, I catch myself and think “oh no, am I really saying this?”. I guess everything comes full circle eventually! 🙂
Janet W. says
Oh my goodness! A lot of these bring back memories!
That’s so true. I think every mom says most of these phrases
courtney hennagir says
i always pictured myself as a mom when i was younger,thinking i would be totally awesome and never under any circumstances utter any of these phrases… yeah,about that… i think i have used every single one of these in just the last week alone!
natalie parvis says
My mom said a lot of these when I was growing up. So funny.
Stephanie Larison says
Lol, I’m guilty of saying quite a few of these to my daughter.
I love this list. My favorite one to use is “would you like to talk to your Daddy about this behavior?” The answer is always NO!
Karen Glatt says
I know these sayings all to well. I have said some of them myself. It is funny after reading this that I know so many of them. I had to say a lot of these things with my kids. And I know my parents said some of these things too, especially wait until your father get s home!
Georgia Beckman says
I wasn’t born yesterday.
Jill S. says
Your post is so true! I never thought I’d use some of the same “lines” my mother used on us, bur I do find myself saying many of them a lot : “because I said so”, “I’m the parent & I make the rules.”,
Love it! I remember so many of those…i think i’ve used a few myself!
Marisa Johnson says
My daughter is only 3, and I’ve already used so many of these on her!!!! Holy Moly! Thank you for sharing this. Reading this has brought a huge smile to my face 🙂
viviana rodriguez says
i love this! lol i think all mom’s say at least half of these in our lifetime lol
Kristina L says
When I was your age 🙂
Sylvia Ortiz says
I cannot believe that I practically used almost all of these “Momisms”! That is hilarious!! Thanks for the great share. 🙂