Or, more like several constant refrains.
Some days I think I could record my voice and just hit play since it seems that I perpetually repeat myself. I must say the following phrases 10 or 15 times a day (even though it feels like hundreds of times a day!)
- Did you wash?
- Close the door
- Close the lid
- Don’t let the door slam
- Keep your hands OFF your brother!
- Please stop whining
- Use your words
- That’s not how you ask. Try again
- Is that yours? Do your hands belong on it?
- Put it away.
- That’s not away…that’s just on the floor in another room. Do it right this time.
- No it’s not time for lunch (or dinner)
- No, you may not have a snack. You just got up from the table.
- No sand in the wading pool!
- Please don’t play with the clean laundry
- Move a bit. You’re in my hula-hoop space.
- Clear your dishes.
- Be gentle.
- Where are you going?*
- What time will you be home?*
- Are you eating dinner here?*
- What are your plans for the day?*
And the last one:
- I love you!
Fortunately, they—the boys and the girls—hear that one more than any other.
*These are reserved almost exclusively for the girls. The rest are directed primarily at the little boys.