I didn’t realize how often I’d utter the phrase “Use soap!” when I became a parent.
You’d think soap is an agent of evil or a carrier of poison ivy what with the way my children avoid it.
But, “Use soap!” isn’t my only near constant refrain. Like all parents, I seem to be frequently repeating myself in a surprisingly un-broad spectrum of topics.
Top 10 Things Parents Can’t Stop Saying.
#10. “Don’t eat that.”
#9. “Don’t lick that.”
#8. “Take that out of your mouth.” And, its chaser, which is delivered with a very confused look: “What is that?”
#7. “Don’t climb on that.”
#6. “Do you need to use the loo?”
#5. “Did you wipe? Did you flush?” And the related: “How come I didn’t hear it?”
#4. “Did you put on clean underpants today?”
#3. “Who plugged up the toilet?” And, the related chaser: “Is there another Tonka truck down there?”
#2. “Where are your shoes?” This is usually uttered when several dozen miles from home on the way to a formal event (Why is it always a surprise that we need to wear shoes?!?!) Sometimes this comes up during plugged toilet investigations, too.
#1. “Brush your teeth. With toothpaste. With YOUR toothbrush.” Why is this the only time kids are willing to share?!?!
With the constant repetition, it’s a wonder that I don’t blurt these out more often during business meetings.
Laugh Out Loud!
What do you find yourself repeating frequently? Have you ever accidentally reminded a colleague to wash his hands? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.