20 of the Most Famous Mom-isms

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20 favorite Momisms

There is a certain time in each woman’s life when she realizes an ugly truth about herself. It happens one day unexpectedly, when you hear yourself muttering something under your breath. You realize that your mutterings sound all too familiar. Then it hits you, you sound just like your mother. Not that this is a bad thing, mind you. Your mother is a wonderful woman, but all of those things that used you drive you mad about her growing up are the very same traits that you have now inherited.
As children, we have all heard those same common mom phrases. Every mother has spoken them. When you get older & especially after becoming a mother yourself the reality of those phrases finally hit home.

Here are some of my favorites:

1. Don’t sit so close to the television.

2. When you have kids I hope they treat you like you treat me.

3. You just wait until your father gets home. 

4.  Money doesn’t grow on trees.

5. Don’t talk with your mouth full.

6. I’m not going to tell you again.

7. Say please… thank you…you’re welcome

8. This room is a pig sty.

9. I’ll give you something to cry about.

10. If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?

11. Put a coat on, you’ll catch pneumonia.

12. It’s way past your bedtime.

13. If you like their family so much, why don’t you move in with them.

14. If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times

15. Don’t get smart with me.

16. Because I said so, that’s why.

17. Close your mouth when you chew

18. There are starving people in China that would be happy for this food.

19. Turn that racket down.

20. Listen to your mother.

And one last one… the truest of them all. “Your mother is always right.” She really was.

What are your favorite mom-isms?



  1. My favorite was always, “Wait until your father gets home!” But seriously said so many of these already and you are right we do very much say these so easily once we do become mothers. Have wonderful weekend now 🙂

  2. I say (a lot) “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times…” Or “don’t make me come over there.” I can hear my mum going “told you so.”

  3. What about when your child asks you why they can’t do something and you answer ‘Because I said so!’, or when you want them to use manners and prompt them with ‘What’s the magic word?’
    My favourite one my mother used to say was ‘Don’t put it down, put it away.’ I use that with my kids, unfortunately it doesn’t work very well – they still leave their stuff lying around! 🙂

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