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Say What? 12 Overused Phrases by Kids

May 25 2014 - 7:16am

Life would be far easier if kids were more compliant on what they say or do, but then it would also be a lot more boring! Kids pick up on phrases and then put them on repeat day in and day out, and sometimes it's enough to make a mama go nutty. I'll be the first to admit that my kids have gone to time-out for badgering — because while I love them to death, it can be a bit much. I know my kids aren't the only ones who are repetitive in their speech, so which of these things does your child say over and over again?

Source: Flickr user Gisela Giardino [1]

What the . . .

Somehow kids feel that if they stop before they reach the bad word then this is an OK explanation, but the truth is that it's just as aggravating without the offensive ending.

Source: Flickr user Randen Pederson [2]

Are We There Yet?

This one is not a myth. I repeat, not a myth. When we took our first road trip to see family, the amount of times my daughter asked if we were there or almost there clocked in at about once every 10 minutes . . . for eight hours.

Source: Flickr user wsilver [3]

Oh My God!

Religious or not, tots take to saying "oh my God" at an early age.

Source: Flickr user Al Hussainy Mohamed [4]


Nothing bugs me more than when I ask my child a question and the answer is, "What?" or "What did you say?" They might as well say, I'm just saying what until I'm actually ready to listen to you.

Source: Flickr user Mindaugas Danys [5]

Just Joking

Kids like to test the limits on what's appropriate and what's not — and so often they feel that adding the phrase "just joking" will soften the blow (and any punishment) a little bit.

Source: Flickr user Zoe [6]

I'm Serious!

Really, 5-year-old? You're serious. Thanks for always letting me know that you mean business.

Source: Flickr user Simon Blackley [7]

One Second (or One Minute)!

The overuse of the responses "one second" or "one minute" can push a mama's limits.

Source: Fllickr user CIA DE FOTO [8]

Just So You Know or Just Saying . . .

"So-and-so is not sleeping, just so you know." "That's wrong mom, just saying."

Source: Flickr user Harsha K R [9]


The whys start around 2 and don't stop. If I had a dollar for the amount of times my children asked me "Why?" in a day, I would be a very rich mama.

Source: Flickr user Vicki C [10]

I'm Hungry

Kids love to tell whomever will listen that they are hungry. Doesn't matter if he just ate, doesn't matter if mommy is working hard to get dinner done, and it really doesn't matter if you are stuck in the middle of traffic and 15 minutes late for an appointment without a food stop in sight. "Mom, I'm hungry."

Source: Flickr user Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) [11]

But Mom Said/but Dad Said . . .

Children learn at a very young age that there is a possibility to pit mom and dad against each other — and it can be maddening.

Source: Flickr user Miguel Pimentel [12]

Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom

Mom. Mom? Mom! Mommy. Mama. Mom! And repeat.

Source: Flickr user Irelynkiss [13]

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