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‘Mumisms’ The Top 10 Phrases Parents Say!

by theparentingjungle

What do you hear yourself saying to your children?

Is it just me or do you find yourself CONSTANTLY repeating the same things as a parent? Hurry up, Put that down, don’t chew on that! What are your most used ‘Mumisms’. And no, I do not feel proud of myself. 

  1. Don’t put that in your mouth. The neighbours cat is not for licking. Did you eat that stamp? Stop putting Smarties in your stomach button.
  2. GET DOWN! (Out of that tree, off the desk, from the ceiling.) 
  3. A popular Mumism? Just stop touching your penis. It is bad manners at the dinner table.
  4. You pooed where?! (The cupboard, plant pot, you name it my son defecates in it. Isn’t potty training delightful.

  5. Put on your shoes. Take off your shoes. Where are your shoes?! This is every school day morning
  6. Now we have to go apologise to the neighbours! We cant do that till you put some pants on.
  7. Raspberries are not an appropriate response to mummy when I ask you why you put Batman in the fridge.
  8. Why can’t you just listen?! (Oh god, I have turned into my own mum).

  9. If you make your bed I will give you a treat. Yes, that is a bribe. No, it’s not illegal if it’s with cake. Fine go ahead and tell Jesus that mummy is bad. Check out this post for more hilarious things parents say. 
  10. Don’t ask me WHY. The answer is NO. BECAUSE I SAID SO. The most adult of all the Mumisms.  

And when they are asleep…

I love you to the moon. (More than you can know. But I am so bloody glad its bedtime, I need a cup of tea. Or wine. I hope I am doing ok).


Most of these you may say from sitting on the toilet with your head in your hands. Are there any that you find yourself repeating?

If you enjoyed this post please check out my MUM-SPLANATIONS and CRUMBLEROO a parents guide to safety proofing swearwords!


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Martin 20th August 2017 - 8:38 pm

Yes, all of them!

Ruth Jayne 26th May 2016 - 8:59 am

Aha, I recognise a few of these! And of course the classic ‘Just you wait until your dad gets home!’ Feels like I’m turning into my mum sometimes x

theparentingjungle 26th May 2016 - 11:06 am

Because I said so. Because I am the adult..I have uttered these and internally cringed recently…xx

Cherryisnotmyname 7th May 2016 - 9:03 am

Hahaha! Love this. I use a few of these too. Also the older the kids are getting the more I’m saying things under my breath.

Cherrysnotmyname ?
Cherie ?

theparentingjungle 7th May 2016 - 6:47 pm

Soon you will just be muttering to yourself constantly like me!….xx

agentspitback 7th May 2016 - 8:56 am

HAHAHA!!! Love this list! I am guilty of all counts! So glad I found your blog!

theparentingjungle 7th May 2016 - 4:21 pm

I think I should add more for each year he gets older! I am very glad you found us too!xx

dadvworld 30th March 2016 - 8:07 am

Haha!! No.9 is getting more difficult with the 10 and 12 year olds, they’re not quite as easy to manipulate! Haha. 🙂

theparentingjungle 30th March 2016 - 10:55 am

I think once mine hits 10 the only thing I will have left in my repertoire is bribery! 🙂

dadvworld 30th March 2016 - 10:58 am

Ah but imagine the cost when they’re 10! A freddo doesn’t cut it anymore! Lol

whitecamellias 15th March 2016 - 10:52 pm

1, 7 and 10 are probably the ones I repeat the most. Great post 😉

theparentingjungle 25th March 2016 - 8:01 am

I am so glad it is not just me that says these..as I open my mouth I hear my own mother and shudder!Thank you so much x

Helen 14th March 2016 - 10:20 pm

Jade, have had a nose at your blog and will continue to do so. Afraid I can relate to your mumisms, but they are auntyisms in my case. Best bit is, funny observations but you know they are so true. Happy writing!

theparentingjungle 25th March 2016 - 8:01 am

Thank you!Aunty’s are very important too!x


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