“Don’t Lick Your Toes!” and Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say as a Mother

by Melanie Edwards on May 20, 2012 · 8 comments

in Parenting

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When I was young, my mom used the phrase “This hurts me more than it hurts you,” more than once. I could never wrap my brain around that statement and remember wondering how it could possibly be true because I was feeling actual pain! Mind you, I was rarely hit, but the very few times I was disciplined, it crossed my mind.

As adults, my brothers and I have mentioned this to our mom, in a laughing and non-complaining manner. We’ve done so in those conversations where we all get together and reminisce about our childhoods. I remember the first time we mentioned this particular statement to her, she reacted by apologizing and saying that sometimes you just don’t realize what you say as a parent.

These types of memories from my own childhood and conversations with my mom led me to say that I would never utter similar words to my children when I became a mother myself. Think that worked out well? Here are seven phrases I never imagined I’d say as a mom, but that unfortunately, I’ve had the displeasure of saying.

7 Things I Never Thought I’d Say as a Mother

  1. Stop licking your toes!
  2. Also, don’t lick your brother’s toes!
  3. Because I said so…
  4. I don’t care, just do it!
  5. When I was your age…
  6. I swear…you kids are going to kill me!
  7. Seriously? SERIOUSLY??!!!

As a parent, have you found yourself saying things you never thought you would? Please share them in the comments below! I’d love to hear them!

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1 Rosey May 21, 2012 at 9:58 am

I recently told my teen…’You won’t understand this until you’re older…”  and I meant it, but as soon as I said it, I internally groaned because it is suuuuch a mom thing to say.


2 modernmami May 23, 2012 at 8:47 am

We’re becoming our own mothers! LOL


3 Julie Diaz-Asper May 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

I so relate to the post. Embarrassing how many “When I was your age”… i use now!


4 modernmami May 23, 2012 at 8:47 am

Isn’t it, though?! We SWORE we wouldn’t say these things.


5 Clara Gonzalez June 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Oh, “¡Porque yo lo digo!” has turned into “cause I say so!” in our home too. I was full of good intentions, ready to explain my reasons and not become the dictator I thought my mom was in my childhood. But there is no reasoning with a stubborn child and no point in explaining “why” on the most minute things. So, yeah… so long good intentions. Sometimes a benevolent dictator is not such a bad thing. 🙂


6 modernmami June 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm

You raise a great point. Sometimes, reasoning and explaining has no place, especially when children are pushing your buttons on purpose.


7 Alexis Prieto June 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

When my son was crying for no reason, I told him to stop or I would give him a reason to cry!!


8 modernmami June 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm

LOL My husband likes to say this. I don’t say it myself, but remember being told it by my own mom.


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