A penny for your nuggets of parental wisdom

At Chicago Parent, staffers had a lot of fun reading the list of parental “wisdoms” compiled by author Andy Andrews. Some staffers even admit using them on their own kids. (Bet some of you do, too.)

Take a look and add your own below! We’ll comb through your submissions and choose our favorites to add to the list.

  • You’d better change your tune pretty quick or you’re out of here.
  • I mean it.
  • Is that understood?
  • Don’t shake your head at me.
  • I can’t hear your head rattle.
  • You act like the world owes you a living.
  • You’ve got a chip on your shoulder.
  • You’re not going anywhere looking like that.
  • I don’t know what’s wrong with you.
  • Other kids don’t pull stuff like that.
  • I wasn’t like that.
  • What kind of an example do you think you are for your brothers and sisters?
  • Stand up straight
  • Would you like a spanking?
  • You’re cruising for a bruising.
  • I’m your father and as long as you live in my house you’ll do as I say.
  • Do you think the rules don’t apply to you?
  • Are you blind?
  • Something better change and change fast.
  • You’re driving your mother to an early grave.
  • You’re going to have fun whether you like it or not.
  • What do you think I’m made of money?
  • Do you think I have a tree that grows money?
  • You treat us like we don’t exist.
  • That’s no excuse.
  • If he jumped off a cliff, would you jump off a cliff too?
  • I’m not going to put up with this for another minute.
  • Look at me when I’m talking to you.
  • Don’t make me say this again.

Andy Andrews has a new book out, The Butterfly Effect, How Your Life Matters (Simple Truths, January 2010). For more information, www.andyandrews.com.

Add your own below!

Chicago Parent Editorial Team
Chicago Parent Editorial Team
Since 1984, the Chicago Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for Chicagoland families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.
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