A List of Things Parents Repeat:


Don’t make me come up there.

Don’t look at me with that tone of voice.

Given his facial expression, I’m pretty sure the cat doesn’t want to do that.

It’s not that I don’t believe you, I just don’t think that you’re telling the truth right now.

Tell the truth. If you don’t I will come find you. I have a very specific set of skills.

Stop looking at your brother.

Ok, stop looking at him with that look on your face.

Yes, I would love to talk about bedrock in Minecraft.

Please eat your spinach.

Please eat one bite of your spinach.

How about you just wave the spinach in front of your face and we’ll call it good.

No you can’t eat that Tootsie Roll off the floor.

Apologize to your brother. Like you mean it. With sincerity. Right this minute.

Ok, just angrily half-whisper “sorry” and we’ll call it good.

Do those belong there?

Please don’t go for sarcasm when I ask you, “Do those belong there?” and tell me where I should put them if you want to live to see another day.

What, dear Lord in heaven, is that smell?

Please don’t go into that much detail.

Go to bed.

Go to bed and be quiet. At the same time.

Yes, I will hug you.

Yes I will kiss you goodnight and tell you you’re the best of the best and you make me so proud.

Yes it really is time for you to stop talking about Minecraft. You can work on your lecture series about your biome tomorrow.

I love you.

I love you.

I love you.


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  1. Love this so much! It all felt worryingly familiar – but also pretty hilarious to read. I’m just hoping they get the I love you messages in there. They do, right?? Tell me they do… Coming to you via Five min Friday.

  2. So good, and so relatable. I love your blog subtitle about parenting being hard but laughter being easy. I hope when our kids remember our parenting later in life they remember all the times we laughed!

    Jeannie (#46 in the FMF linkup this week)

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