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5 Parenting Phrases I Can't Live Without

When parenting, it's common to say the same things over and over and over again: Get down, hurry up, stop shouting, move away from the mechanised vehicle with moving parts… but frequently, I have been thinking about some of my more used phrases and why they have stuck with me, as go to idioms.
 

1. It’s A Phase

And by and large it is, the wheeling his pram by himself phase was probably the most frustrating. As it started in Disneyland. On the Main St, packed with tourists and children admiring the many things to see such as, Mickey Mouse, the castle, the princesses and the many many things to buy. This passed him all by however as he was determined to do it himself. And he did. And it passed. Eventually. And we all had great fun.

2. Because I Said So

In our house, this is the only solution to the endless stream of "Wwwwwhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyy?'. Each time it is asked, the pitch goes up a notch, getting longer and more urgent. We can normally get to the fourth round of 'but why' before this is marched out, depending on how quiet the place we are is, and how quiet my child should be.

3. I’m Going to go to School by Myself!

This is the only phrase that will move my son in the morning. By the time he has his socks on, snails have passed the window in three piece suits. The yellow one, I call Suave Steve. I am slightly dreading the day my son turns around and says, ok Mum, off you go! What will I do then? Put on my coat and go sit in Senior Infants? It’s a possibility. I need answers to some of the very clever 'why' questions myself. Why does the cement stay in the walls...?

4. Please Sleep

The odd time, if you say this very soothingly and musically in a darkened room that is warm and snug, it works. It’s probably been every one out of five times, so for the once in every 24 hours that it has worked, it has been worth it. The trick to this one? Leaving the room without a phone ringing, a noisy toy going off or the doorbell going. Tricky. These things only happen in our house when the children are in fact, asleep.

5. It's Magic

Flowers growing, the endless turning of the earth through space, the how, who and wherefores of modern capitalist society, evolution of mankind, international financial systems, quantum computing, the splitting of the atom… so many things to cover on the walk to school and no access to google. Thus making it all, magic.

What are your parenting phrases? Leave a comment below.

About the Author

Jane is a writer, blogger and mammy based in South Dublin. She has spearheaded equality programmes and advocacy campaigns for large NGO’s and is now following a lifelong dream in establishing herself as a writer. Recently qualified in Journalism, Jane has won the June 2015 Original Writing Short Story competition, has been longlisted for the Blog Awards 2015 and runs The Postmodern Mammy. Never one to shy away from controversy, Jane enjoys writing about parenting, politics and social issues.

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