The Definitive List Of Phrases Moms Have To Say WAY Too Often

Imagine if you tallied the amount of times "because I said so" left your mouth...

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By Denise Stirk.

My kids tend to say the same things over and over (and over) again, but it seems to be a two-way street because I find myself saying my own, even more annoying, mom phrases a lot more than I'd like.

I always said I'd never be that mommy, but here we are — and if I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: this mom gig just isn't that easy.

So, do tell: which phrases are on repeat in your mommy dialogue? (Answer me when I'm asking you a question!)


1. "No."

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

2. "Less talking, more eating."

Stop playing with your food, and please, for the love of God, eat.

3. "I'm not asking - I'm telling!"

I'm not asking if you're going to school — I'm telling you!

4. "Did you _______?"

Brush your teeth, wash your hands, clean your room, do your homework, kick your sister, say "thank you"?

5. "Please stop _______."

Singing, yelling, crying, peeing on mommy's floor, throwing your food, hitting, running...

6. "I'm not going to ask you again."

Don't try me.

7. "Stop running!"

You're going to get hurt!

8. "What did you do?"

Why is there marker all over mommy's walls? Why do you have that look on your face? OMG. What did you do?


9. "I'm going to count to three..."

One, two, two and a half...

10. "Hurry up!"

We're going to be late! Can you please move a little faster?

11. "Because I said so."

Oh, I'll tell you why!

12. "Don't slam the door!"

Someone is going to lose a finger!

13. "Do it yourself!"

You've got your own two legs! Use 'em.

14. "Be careful."

Watch what you're doing! You're going to get hurt.


15. "Go to bed!"

This is usually followed by number one.

16. "Are you ______?"

Hungry, tired, bored, crazy, hot, cold, going to be sick, sad, happy, mad...

17. "Listen to me!"

Listen to me when I'm talking to you! It's official: I am my mother!