Popular Sayings Moms Use and What They Mean

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Sometimes it seems that moms have their own language. There is a shorthand moms use with each other because they know other mothers will understand. Certain popular sayings or idioms might have begun not having anything to do with moms, but have become mom staples. A dictionary needs to be created to help others understand what mothers are talking about.

I knew I had something in common with Kristin van Ogtrop, author of Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom, when I read in the introduction to her book, how she still couldn’t understand “why boys always say “Nothing” when you ask what they did at school that day and why husbands never turn off the TV?” I guess my family is not so unique. In this book, Kristin introduces us to a new lexicon for the busy mom of today. She inspired my to try my hand at it also, taking popular idioms and converting them into mom talk.

  • Like Pulling Teeth” – Getting my sons to share anything about their social or personal lives.
  • Its All Greek to Me” – How my husband feels when he hears me talk about twitter.
  • Beating a Dead Horse” – Why do I even bother trying to get my family to be neat?
  • Misery Loves Company” – Why moms need to vent all their problems to each other.
  • Getting Up On the Wrong Side of the Bed” – What happens every day to teens when they are woken early for school.
  • Out of the Blue” – A term that teens never use because it has been taken over by the term “Random” as in “that is so random”.
  • Practice What you Preach” – What moms should do, but it is “easier said than done“.
  • Down to the Wire” – This is when my sons would begin any papers or projects for school.
  • Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees” – Needs no explanation. Probably the most popular parent saying ever.

Do you have mom sayings that you can add? For a whole book of interesting definitions of what moms really mean, then check out Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom by Kristin van Ogtrop.  She does a much better and more elaborate job than I did here.

See also: 10 Quotes for Parents of Teenagers

 

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