Yes, obviously, you’re a full-fledged mom the moment your baby is born. But becoming a mother is also a state of mind. Not to mention the endless responsibilities. So if you thought you’d never fall into the trap of age-old mom clichés when you become a parent, think again. There’s a strong likelihood you’ll find yourself quoting verbatim the oft-repeated momism your mother used to fling at you when you were a kid. Call them a sort of initiation into motherhood, but you’ll know you’re a mom if you say any (or all) of these eight things:
1. “Why? Because I’m Telling You To.”
A classic on the list, you’ll find yourself resorting to this super powerful conclusion whenever you want to close an argument. This hand-me-down sentence can instantly put an end to any situation and prevent your kid from pulling off their cute little antics to convince you otherwise. It always works like a charm.
2. “What’s That In Your Mouth Now?”
You’ll repeat this one a lot. And we mean A LOT. Having a toddler around the house means being constantly mindful of the stuff you keep within their reach as they’ll try to chew on anything. Luckily, this will only be a phase, and you won’t have to worry about it for very long.
3. “Will You Put Your Clothes Back On? Again!”
Growing babies only have one motto – birthday suits rule! Once they develop the ability of mobility, you know they’ll sneak in every chance to take their clothes off and stay as they came into this world – whether that’s at the dinner table or while playing. Often, you’ll be going on a treasure hunt to find their hidden clothes while urging them to dress up!
4. “Don’t You Sleep At All?”
You won’t utter this out loud (not often, at least), but you will try to find the answer to how such a little thing can pack in so much energy that never really sleeps. For too long. At a stretch. Beg them to sleep, and chances are, it won’t work on them but will certainly drown you in sleep hypnosis. Such is life.
5. “Stop Playing With Your Food.”
Developing your child’s creativity and imagination at the dinner table is highly encouraged. But creating a wig out of noodles or eyes out of fruits is not. Excessive food play can quickly turn dinner into an unappetizing affair, so the line has to be drawn somewhere. Despite your kid’s high-pitched request to let them have this one.
6. “Don’t Put Your Finger In Your Nose.”
It’s gross and is certainly not appropriate behavior at a fancy dinner in an even fancier restaurant. Picking their nose is so fascinating for a kid; they casually brush you off when you try to clean their nose with a tissue, stating their finger is enough to do the deed.
7. “Eat Your Veggies.”
It’s a stereotype that kids hate their veggies. But then again, it’s a stereotype for a reason. The only way to get your baby to eat veggies is to gently push them towards it through a lot of conversation, cajoling, and imagination. The result? Nibbles of veggies eaten! Victory!
8. “Get Off The Furniture!”
“And take off your dirty shoes while you’re at it!” Yep, you know you’ve said this one. You’ve asked your miniature King Kong to get off everything – ladders, stools, chairs, tables. You name it; they’ve climbed it. Despite you pleading them not to since it’s a serious injury hazard.
We bet you can tick off all of these on your list, huh? Welcome to motherhood — a state of borrowed lines and tired clichés that get passed down from one generation to the next. And then to the next. And then… you get the drift!