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If I've Told You Once, I've Told You Twice

Updated on September 25, 2011

My Childhood

I was blessed to have had what I consider to be the most wonderful childhood. So many memories of so many happy times. Family picnics, vacations to Oklahoma, California and Texas, swimming at the beach, swimming in lakes, sleigh riding, ice skating, watching the old horror movies with my mom, snuggled together on the couch with our snacks, weekends with my grandparents, walks in the garden with my grandfather, picking fruit for my grandmother so she could bake her wonderful pies, roller skating, dances, birthday parties, carnivals, carousels, becoming 'blood' sisters with my best friend and the list goes on and on.

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Upon Growing Up

As I sit here today, a grandmother myself, I've been doing some reflecting.

Have you ever stopped to consider all the things your parents told you while you were growing up? I have.

What I find interesting, now that I am a grandmother, is that I find myself saying the same things. Things I swore I would never say to my children, should I have any. Well, I not only said them to my children, but am now saying them to my granddaughter as well. Surprise!

It's been 23 years since I lost my mother. One day I was sitting in my living room. As I was sitting on the couch doing something, I glanced up, and I saw my reflection on the tv screen. The only thing is, it wasn't me looking back at me. It was my mother. In that instant, I thought, wow, I look just like her. When I was growing up, depending on whom you asked, some people thought I looked like her while others thought I looked like my father.

In any case, I grew up hearing all the things that I'm sure most parents have been saying since the beginning of time. I think that once you become a parent, the things your own parents said to you get are put on instant replay, and, shocking to you, you find yourself sounding just like your own parents.

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Sage Advice?

Here are many of the cautions and bits of counsel I remember being told.

Note: Some of these are memories of my dear classmate, used with permission.

Sit down.

Sit up straight.

Stand up.

Stand up straight.

Wait till your father gets home

Don't slouch.

Be good.

You're grounded.

Do your homework.

Clean your room.

Stop biting your nails.

The answer is no.

Because I said so.

Do as I say, not as I do.

Eat your dinner.

Eat your vegetables.

Drink your milk.

Go to your room.

Clean your room.

Don't talk back.

Don't raise your voice.

You can't go out until your homework is done.

Pick up your clothes.

Walk the dog.

It's time for bed.

Go to sleep.

No tv tonight.

Turn off the tv.

It's time to get up.

Wash the dishes.

Answer me.

Tell the truth.

Comb/brush your hair.

Brush your teeth.

Wash your hands.

Don't chew with your mouth open.

Don't speak unless spoken to.

Take your medicine.

Walk, don't run.

Stop squinting.

Stop squirming.

Stop cracking your knuckles.

Don't cross your eyes or they will stay that way.

Stop picking your nose.

Get a tissue.

Make your bed.

Say please.

Say thank you.

Say excuse me.

Be quiet.

Don't interrupt.

Get off the phone.

Look both ways when crossing the street.

Nobody likes a sneak.

Nobody likes a liar.

Don't bring home any babies.

If I had two cents for every time I've heard that story I'd be rich.

Do you think I was born yesterday?

Do you think money grows on trees?

Don't let that money burn a hole in your pocket.

The early bird gets the worm.

I hope when you grow up you have kids just like you.

You think you're so smart.

Raise your voice again and you'll get a spanking.

Beauty is only skin deep.

 Your Input 

So, dear readers, I'd be interested to hear if you've heard any or all of these, or, if you've heard others, please share them here. Enjoy!


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    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi toknowinfo,

      I'm glad this made you smile. Please feel free to add any I may have missed. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment :)

    • toknowinfo profile image


      5 years ago

      This is a very sweet hub. My mother and father had a lot of favorite sayings and you brought back a lot of memories for me too.

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Randy,

      Your comment makes me wonder if our parents were trying to emulate the parenting on such shows as Leave It to Beaver, Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace, and a host of others.

      I wish my parents were still around but sadly, I lost them both. Each of them were 59, respectively, when they passed so many many years ago. The good news is, they live on in my heart :)

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • Randy Godwin profile image

      Randy Godwin 

      5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi Trish! I do believe we "baby boomers" were blessed with such good raising-- if that is indeed the proper word--we often forget how lucky we were to have such caring and loving parents. I still have my mom around--she's 90 now and is still wide open--and feel so blessed I had the upbringing I have enjoyed from both of my parents.

      Thoroughly enjoyed this read as it brought back so many fond memories of my wonderful childhood years. :)


    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi htodd,

      Glad you enjoyed. Thanks so much for commenting :)

    • htodd profile image


      7 years ago from United States

      great post..Thanks

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      And you are so right mothercristina! LOL I'm sure there are many others I may have not heard.

      Thanks so much for the compliment.

    • mothercristina profile image


      7 years ago

      and these sayings will live on and

      Nice hub

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Aww, thanks Micky! Glad you liked it :)

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Nice again!

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      hi al_masculine,

      Well, then, I suppose I'll say thanks! :) Just kidding, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      8 years ago

      From the name, I thought you were reffering to nagging. Anyway, this hub is great I suppose.

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Winsome,

      That's funny! I had forgotten the constant repeating part LOL.

      I'm glad you found this entertaining. I had fun writing it.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Winsome profile image


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Trish what a great reminder. I still hear moms say things like that in the market--"Stop playing with that." "Didn't I say stop playing with that?" "How many times do I have to say stop playing with that?" "Do you want me to come over there?" "If you don't stop I'm going to come over there." "I told you if you don't stop playing with that I would come..."

      I think kids hear us like the dog being scolded for getting in the garbage in the far side cartoon--Rex blah blah blah blah blah Rex.

      Thank you for a very entertaining read. =:)

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      LOL, yes, Pcunix, I remember that one! I remember thinking, when I grow up and have kids, I won't do or say what my parents did. Well, surprise, surprise! I sound just like them :)

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      Tony Lawrence 

      8 years ago from SE MA

      Eat your dinner. Children in China are starving.

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      hi samboiam,

      LOL yes, spanking was something to be dreaded. I heard that too and you brought to mind another, 'you want something to cry about? I'll give you something to cry about'.

      Thanks again for stopping by, glad you enjoyed this.

    • samboiam profile image


      8 years ago from Texas

      I don't know how it was in your house but my parents believed in spanking. The all time classic was ."Son, this is going to hurt me more than it does you."

      Yeah, they lied.

      Thanks for such an enjoyable read.

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi rick,

      Thanks very much. I had fun putting it together.

      Thanks for commenting :)

    • rickzimmerman profile image


      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      trish: Great hub! Judging from this, perhaps you'd enjoy my hub, Learn from Your Teenager! (And don't miss The Cactoose and The Whopper Spaniel!) Regards, RickZ

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Freya!

      I do? and I try so hard not to sound like a mom lol.

      Yes, my mom really said don't bring home any babies, to which she sometimes added your father will kill you. I took that literally LOL. I honestly believed that that's what he'd do.

      Obviously, it never did as I'm still here :)

      Glad you enjoyed, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    • Freya Cesare profile image

      Freya Cesare 

      8 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      "I hope when you grow up you have kids just like you." Trish, you sound like my Mom! Hehehe... She still saying that until today.

      "Don't bring home any babies."? Eeeeeh??? I can't believe this one listed. LOL

      Great Hub, Trish. ^_^

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Spryte! Long time no see!

      So glad you stopped by and got a kick out of this one. I was inspired from a commercial I had seen. Sad to say, I've used many of these myself lol.

      Thanks so much for visiting, don't be a stranger :)

    • spryte profile image


      8 years ago from Arizona, USA

      trish: I just love your hubs...and although I don't get here often to read everyone's stuff, I make it a point to wrap one of yours around me like a great, fuzzy blanket of nostalgia.

      "You'd lose your head if it wasn't screwed on," was one of my father's favorites. It makes me laugh now...and fortunately, I've managed not to parrot him on that one. Guilty as charged with the others though.

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi sophs,

      Since I was so small, my grandfather showed me the fruits that had fallen to the ground and taught me which ones were still fit to eat. In my own backyard we had two cherry trees and I loved picking those and eating them.

      It definitely was a magical time.

      Thanks so much for commenting, glad you enjoyed this.

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      8 years ago

      I love this hub! I've definately heard alot of these and more lol. I love the begining of this hub especially the part about picking fruit for you Grandma, that is so sweet I never went fruit picking as a child but I always wanted to go strawberry picking. Sounds like you had some good times, thanks for sharing them with us, brilliant hub! :)

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi carolina!

      I'm sure you turned out just fine LOL. But I do remember doing a lot of eye-rolling when I heard a lot of these to let them know, yeah mom, I know.

      Glad you stopped by, thanks for the comment :)

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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      haha... those certainly sound familiar... I wish I had listened! LOL

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


      How nice to see you! I too adore Bill Cosby. I could watch his Myself forever and a day and laugh as hard as I did the first time I saw it.

      And yes, isn't it scary that we've turned into our parents? In fact, as I'm writing this one just came to mind. 'You'll see' which was always said in conjunction with 'when you grow up'. Gotta love em though!

      So nice to hear from you and thanks so much for your lovely comment. Hope you're doing well as well :)

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Trish what a great hub. I think I heard them Mom was "saying-nuts" she had a cute little something up her sleeve for every possible scenario...they used to drive me insane but wonder of wonders I said them all to my kids too (probably drove them nuts too) and I actually heard my daughter say the same ones to my granddaughters...too funny.

      And Bill Cosby is my hero I love everyone of his stand-ups an keep re-watching them when ever I'm in the slumps.

      Absolutely fabulous hub

      hope you're well

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Micky!

      I was visiting my son one day and he had Bill Cosby Himself, which we watched. I had seen it before when my hubby was still alive, and I never laughed so hard! I had the same reaction when I saw it at my son's house.

      I decided to get a copy for myself, and went out on Ebay and bought it. I still own a working VCR lol. I plan to take it to my best friend's house so we can watch it together. For me, I can watch him over and over again and never tire of his work. Just the few clips I've posted here had me rolling on the floor.

      Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the sweet comments :)

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi De Greek,

      LOL that's the 64 million dollar question! I would have to say the majority of things said to us by our parents have stuck, and we continue to pass them on to the next generation. I seriously doubt these things will ever go away. Crazy making? Of course :)

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      This was such a great trip down memory lane! I have the Bill Cosby video by I haven't seen it in so long. Now I want to watch it the thing again soon. I loved him in all he did. Thanks for a great hub. You put it together very well!

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      When you put them all together like this, it's a wonder we managed to grow up sane. Come to think of it, ARE we sane? :-))

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Feline,

      Yes, they do. Human behavior is simply that, behavior, and the country or culture of origin plays no role, at least none that I'm aware of. The same can be said of the human body, no matter where we're from we all have that in common.

      Thanks for commenting, always nice to hear from you :)

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      Feline Prophet 

      8 years ago

      Gosh, parents seem to say the same thing across the globe!! So many of these are so familiar. :)

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hah! dear Anne,

      I wondered when I would hear that :) However, I'm sworn to secrecy, but I bet if you delve deep enough, you could answer your own question :)

      Thanks for your great comment!

    • annemaeve profile image


      8 years ago from Philly Burbs

      Oh, I love this! Kinda makes me wonder, with all this sage advice... how much grown-ups live by the advice they so love to dispense to kids... Great hub, Trish!

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi METPRP,

      Yes, I think so. I'm sure there are more I've forgotten :)

      Thanks for commenting.

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      8 years ago

      So many great jems of wisdom. So many great memories!

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      You're welcome, nevit. Thanks for commenting.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for informing me.

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Sandyspider,

      I'm glad it did, as it was my intention to stir peoples' memories. If you can think of any I haven't mentioned, I'd love to hear!

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Does this bring back memories!

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Wow! a comment in less than 30 minutes of publication :) Who's the best friend in the whole wide world?

      Oh yes, I remember the bedbugs, and the no talking with food in your mouth. Many of them are words of wisdom.

      You just reminded me of one my cousin used to tell me. She'd take me on a walk, and we'd pass by this house that had evergreen shrubs and trees blocking the house, and I always wanted to see what was behind them. She wouldn't let me look but would tell me that goldfishes lived behind the bushes. I, like your cousin, believed that one for a very long time. I'm just glad it wasn't a frightening tale :)

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Marry a millionaire.

      Mind your table manners, or you'll wind up in the pickle factory. In a jar. (My poor baby cousin, now in her 50s, actually believed this one, and admitted to me only a few years ago that the thought of the pickle factory still sends a shiver of terror down her spine.)

      Good night, sleep tight, and for goodness sake don't let the bedbugs bite.

      Don't talk with food in your mouth.

      Don't think so much.

      Trish, this was wonderful! What a howl I just had. Can't wait to see what other readers add.


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