Things We Say to Our Kids

Things We Say to Our Kids

by Charlotte Siems
Chores and room.  (Translation:  Before you play or go somewhere, your chores must be done and your room clean.)
You are SO not overworked. You’re not plowing the back forty.
Did you brush your teeth?
Your time is up.  (On the computer or video game)
Time to eat!
You need a shower.
Brush your hair.
Clean your room.
That was very kind of you.
Clean up your mess.
Sweet dreams!
I’m so proud of you.
If she argues with you, come and tell me.
Would you like it if someone did that to you?
If the other person isn’t laughing, it’s not funny.
Hurry up.
It’s time to go.
We don’t store our shoes in the den.
We don’t store our shoes by the back door.
We don’t store our shoes by the front door.
What if the whole family left their shoes here?
There’s no sack in the kitchen trash can.
Bring groceries in from the van.
See if there’s milk in the garage fridge.
You did such a great job.
I love you.
Your thoughts are your choice.  Your thoughts are making your attitude.
A sinkful of dirty dishes means the kitchen is NOT clean.
Everyone’s a comedian.
Would you like it if Papa and I talked like that to each other?
And the point is?
It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.
The list is on the marker board.
Go ask Papa.
I have bought billions of ______________. (scissors, nail clippers, hair clips,…..)
It’s not the end of the world.
You have GOT to be kidding me.
I bet you can think of more.  Leave a comment below and tell us yours!


  1. Amy Simpson says:

    My husband and I always make it a point to say “I love you” to our kids, when they leave the house, go to bed, or when we leave the room. I never want to waste the chance to tell them that I love them.

  2. If you would’t do it / say it in front of your friends or family… then it should’t happen !

  3. Use your fork to eat. Look at the camera. Walk please. Go use the potty. Give me a hug and kiss. Goodnight. Sweet dreams. I love you! See you in the morning.

  4. Don’t hit your brother! If you can’t say nice things don’t say anything at all. Do you know how much I love you?

  5. “Yesbut” is not a word (said when a child responds to our request with an excuse beginning Yes, but…..

    Choose the right.

    If I’m going to be your maid I’ll need to get paid. (For a child who wants mom to do their work)

    Who is the boss in this family? (Daddy)
    What did daddy say about that?

    The only thing that wants to hear you whine is your pillow. Go to bed.

  6. Swietenia says:

    Good morning Princess. Good night my love. I love you my beautiful. obey mama. One of the things I did starting with my first child, was, giving them a thumbs up, specially when in public or not being close enough for an “i love you” or “you’re doing great” or …. you know. That always put a smile on their faces 🙂 … and mine too.

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