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What Are Your Favorite Sayings of Your Parents?

In the following series of blogs, I’ll tell some of my family stories. What’s my purpose? To strike a chord with you with the thought, the hope, that you’ll remember your family stories. Better still, my hope is that you’ll tell your family stories to your children, your grandchildren, and even your great-grandchildren. It’s our stories that bind us together as family.

It’s time for you to weigh in: What are the favorite sayings of your parents? You know the ones I’m talking about—the ones they’d use to talk sense into your childhood brain. These are the sayings you promised that you’d never use but found yourself using all the time in your own parenting.

My favorite was not really a saying. It was how my mom used to call me in her moments of exasperation (not that I ever did anything wrong, of course, and if I did, I’m sure I was innocent . . .). Now a bit of context. My mom is Japanese, and she pronounces her Ls as Ds. So, in those moments of exasperation, for causes still unknown, she’d yell, “WIDDDDDDIYUM!”

Ah, it still brings tears to my eyes to reflect. What about you? Share your favorite sayings with me. I’ll give you a few for starters, and then you can give me yours in the comments.

Here they are:

  1. You brought this on yourself, you know.
  2. This hurts me more than it hurts you.
  3. You’ll live.
  4. Just because everyone else jumps off the cliff doesn’t mean that you should too!
  5. Don’t make me pull this car over . . .
  6. When I was a kid, I had to [walk six miles to school in the snow—or some other variation on the theme].
  7. I’m going to give you one more chance. But if you do this again, you will not get to go to Disneyland with the rest of the family.
  8. There are starving people in Africa who would gladly eat your dinner.
  9. Just wait ‘till your father gets home.
  10. Money doesn’t grow on trees.

Share your sayings with us! They are part of your family legacy!

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About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously: www.givingitallawaybook.com. » Learn More

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