Friday, August 20, 2010

a constant refrain

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
  • Flush
  • 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.

1 comment:

  1. For some reason while reading that list I heard it in tune to that mom song. LOL