Common mother phrases

mother and childDid you know that May is The Mother’s day month?  Many countries in the world celebrate their mothers!

The truth is, if you are a mother (no matter what your nationality is), you have a lot in common with a mother from somewhere else in the world.   That is, without counting children, lots of love and of course many sleepless nights.

To prove my asumption, I have a list of common things and phrases among mothers

  • Birds are our accomplices.  Yes, the phrase “A little bird told me” o “Un pajarito me aviso”  is very common among mothers.
  • Mothers use beds to sleep.  Kids don’t seem to have it clear.  The phrase “Beds are not made for jumping” o “No se salta sobre la cama” becomes very common among mothers with jumpy kids.
  • Mothers like to count to three or tres.  Somehow, something happens at the count of three.  At least that is what little ones believe.
  • We mothers, have experience.  We make it clear after the consequences come.  “Te lo dije” or “I told you” is such a common phrase among mothers.  Perhaps our kids are a bit frustrated with us repeating this one over and over.
  • Cepillate los dientes. or Did you brush your teeth? is pretty much part of our daily speech.  Lets not forget “Wash  your hands before eating”.  “Lavate detras de las orejas” and “Comb your hair”.
  •  We also, see ourselves through our kids experiences.  You can see this in phrases like “When I was your age…..”, or “Cuando tenia tu edad….”
  • If mommy is cold, the kids are cold.  “Put a sweater on” or “Ponte una chompita que hace frio”.  Sometimes I think that my kids are hardly cold because they are in constant motion.
  • Caroline Ingalls from The Little House on the Prairie, reminds me so much of my Bolivian mother.  Always making sure that manners at the table are proper.  Some things do not have origin, nationality or season in life.  They are just “a mother thing”.
  • I have seen my self saying what my mom used to say,  “Preguntale a tu papá”, o “Go and ask your dad”. This especially comes handy, when I do not want to say “No”.  My mother in-law tells me, she used to do it also.
  •   ¿Cómo se pide?  o ¿How do you ask?  Is so common among mothers when is time to remind our kiddos to say thank you (Gracias) and please (Por favor).
  • “DON’T touch” or like my mom used to say, “Se mira pero no se toca”. is so very common.

And so many other phrases that makes mommys very similar in spite of cultural diversity, and even different language.

I supposed I will incorporate more phrases as my kids get older.  I say, lets the experience come!

If you found yourself reading this article and thinking on your own experience,  it is because you are a mother, or you have one.

To all the mothers that today are celebrating the gift of being a mother, Happy Mother’s Day! Do not get tired of repeating the phrases above.  Someday, your kids will have their turn.

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