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#ThingsEveryMomSays: A Lesson For Parents

Posted: 08/10/2012 2:15 pm

#ThingsEveryMomSays has been trending on Twitter today.

It's an eye-opener.

Rather than a collection of knowing, winking wisdom, (like we saw in these posters) it is a raw, painful list, one that seems to be written by wounded children of callous parents. It includes various versions of "I brought you into this world and I can take you out," and "stop crying or I'll give you something to cry about." "Because I said so," is oft repeated, too.

Others I saw frequently while scrolling through:

"Turn that music down."

"I'm not one of your little friends."

"I'm tired of your attitude."

"My roof my rules."

"Clean your room now."

It's not that I am surprised, exactly. I regularly find myself listening to harsh exchanges between parents and children out in public and think "Is that how you ever thought you would sound back when you decided to have children?" And I also wonder, "Do you even know how you sound?"

I suspect most of us don't. We snap at our children the way we would never snap at an adult, and berate them for wrongs that often say more about our frustrations than their actions. We never expected to become the caricature of a ticked-off parent, and even as we say some of these things we think of them as extrinsic, not defining. Those are the words we speak, they are not who we are, we tell ourselves. At our core we love our kids, and are just trying to raise them right.

And yet, thousands of them are taking to Twitter to tell us otherwise.

These are the things I like to THINK I always say, though I concede that my children may not hear it that way:

"Text me if you are going to be late. I worry about you."

"Did you remember to walk the dog? Recently?"

"Toilet seat down, please. Your wife will thank me."

"I have faith that you will figure that out yourself."

"Okay, I will do it for you, but just this once."

"I am proud of you."

"My life is infinitely better because you are in it."

"I am sorry I screw up this parenting thing so often."

"I love you. "

"Yes, parents have a right to be on Twitter and Facebook."

"Now please go clean your room."

Here are a few of the less distressing tweets from the #ThingsEveryMomSays thread.
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