As children growing up, we have heard them all.
Now as parents, it is our turn to say them - the things we parents say when we actually mean something else. Because quite frankly, we are a terrible bunch at saying what we mean.
Interestingly, there are so many more layers to the common phrases that many of us say to our kids. On the surface, they’re pretty clear and self-explanatory. But surprisingly, the truth is that they are anything but.
Don't believe? How about these examples... which I am guilty of saying every now and then.
What We Say: Not now, see how.
What We Mean: NEVER.
What We Say: Maybe later.
What We Mean: It's a NO, but I can't deal with your emotions now.
What We Say: After you wake up from your nap.
What We Mean: I hope you forget.
What We Say: Go Ask Mum/Dad.
What We Mean: Go away and go irritate Mum/Dad instead!
What We Say: Because I said so.
What We Mean: Look, there is no way I'm going to lose this battle and this is my last resort.
What We Say: I'm not going to say it again.
What We Mean: I'm resigned to repeating it for the next 100 times.
What We Say: You are going to grow so strong and tall by finishing your vegetables.
What We Mean: I paid for that, and you are going to eat it whether you like it or not.
What We Say: No more toys, you already have so many!
What We Mean: Please motivate me with your tears.
What We Say: Goodnight, sweetie.
What We Mean: I AM FREE!
What We Say: You want to play with my smartphone?
What We Mean: You promise to allow me enjoy some peace right?
All we can now hope is our kids will never learn the true meanings behind our words!