by Jennifer Aline Graham
Every parent is guilty of saying certain phrases over and over and over. Like parents, children too get on a “Phrase Train” where they just keep saying the same darn things on repeat. With 2021 coming to an end, let’s take a little look at some phrases both parents and their little ones used a little too often this year.
“It’s Just a Phase.”
Photo credit: Emily Uduezue, mother of one
“The most common phrase I heard from others was, “it’s just a phase” - ugh. I hate hearing that from people. I’m aware it’s a phase and a developmental milestone - my degree focused on human development. But just because “it’s just a phase” doesn’t mean it’s hard! Motherhood is wild!
A phrase I often used this year was, “it’s okay to not be okay.” Postpartum depression is no joke and I had to keep reminding myself during bad days that’s it’s okay to not be okay because tomorrow will be better (hopefully)!” – Emily Uduezue, mother of one
Photo credit: Nichia Alyse, mother of two
“My husband's most used phrase at home "God dammit Babies!" To be fair he is outnumbered by them every day.” – Nichia Alyse, mother of two
“You’re doing great.”
Photo credit: Alicia Marie, mother of two
“I’m not sure which phrase I heard the most, but one I heard often was, ‘You’re doing great.’ This usually followed the phrase I used most often when people asked how we were doing, ‘We’re making it.’ We had a lot going on and a lot of change happen the second half of this year, and it could be a bit overwhelming at times. It was nice to hear the encouragement from others, because it didn’t always feel like I was doing great.” – Alicia Marie, mother of two
“She’s Not Playing Properly.”
Photo credit: Jennifer Aline Graham, mother of two
“Phrases I’ve heard too often this year are the following: ‘She’s not playing properly!’ We can thank BLUEY for that phrase. ‘You’re making me mad’ That one is a typical Threenager/Fournado phrase.
“Phrases I’ve said too much are the following: ‘You guys are driving me insane.’ Yes… I know that isn’t the best thing to say out loud and I am working on saying it less. ‘Why is it that whenever I have to pee, you both have to poop!’ That one makes me angrier than angry and happens every single day.” – Jennifer Aline Graham, mother of two
Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.
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