Do you ever say something to your kids and as soon as it’s out of your mouth you realise that’s exactly what you mum and dad said to you!
That seems to be happening more often now I have kids.
I have very vivid memories of my mum telling me that I was tired (I was upset and grumpy) and I would shout back that I wasn’t tired, I was just….. Now of course whenever O is grumpy and upset and he’s not had a nap I will often tell him he’s just upset because he’s so tired. His response the same as mine was years ago, “I am NOT tired!”. I now know how my mum must have felt!
“You’ll have to wait and see” was another popular phrase from my childhood, which was frustratingly annoying, OF COURSE my parents knew whatever it was, they just weren’t telling me! Now when O asks if there are going to be toys at place we’re going (that we’ve never been to before) or if there will be a park at the place we’re going to visit (that we’ve never been to before) or if there will be buttons to press etc. etc. I will end out telling him that “we’ll have to wait and see, because I don’t know”. His response is normally, “yes you do know, mummy!!” and the repeats the question over and over. I wonder when he’ll realise that we don’t know everything?!
Of course I’ve also started hearing my words quoted back at me by my 3 year old. Nothing bad, it’s just funny to hear what I say come out of his mouth! He tells his little brother (in a sing-song mummy voice) “it’s not time for playing, it’s dinner time now, you can play after dinner” or when I dropped part of my lunch on the floor yesterday he sighed and told me “you have to pick that up mummy, food is for eating, that’s a waste!”. I may complain to him for dropping everything on the floor a little too often.
Are you turning into your mum or dad?