We all can think back to our childhood to those phrases that uniquely belonged to our parents, and that communicated to us much more than the 5 or 6 words contained within. Catch phrases for moms (or dads!) can be a powerful tool to communicate volumes to our children in simple, meaningful ways without having to have a large dialogue. These 20 catchy mom phrases that really work can be used in a multitude of situations to impart to our children a desired response, an expected behavior or as a do over opportunity.
Yes, Mommy from Meaningful Mama: Use a fun game to teach your kids to respond right away to your instructions.
Who are you loving most right now? by Happy Home Fairy: Are your kids struggling with sharing? Happy Home Fairy encourages us to dialogue with our kids in purposeful ways about sharing.
Please say 2 good things from Pritchard Ministries: Children are often caught using sarcasm or hurtful words between one another. Use this phrase from Pritchard Ministries to diffuse the sarcasm and stir up your children to use life giving words instead.
Try that again from Meaningful Mama: Our kids are not always going to get it right on the first try. Why not use this to show them grace and give them an opportunity to give the desired response/expected behavior?
That’s interesting. Tell me more from Pritchard Ministries: Let’s face it, our kids are going to come to us with hard things sometimes. Rather than panic, and make them instantly feel like they have made the wrong choice in coming to us, let’s practice saying this in a calm voice ahead of time.
People are more important than things from Meaningful Mama: Another great dialogue on teaching our kids to share.
Teeth are for food from Happy Hooligans: Do you have a biter? Rather than “Don’t bite others!” teach them an affirmative statement like this one.
Use good judgement by For the Family: Yes, we do need to teach our kids how to judge! There will be times when they are away from our care and will have to evaluate situations on their own. Remind them to use good judgement whenever they are leaving your care!
Choose joy by Meaningful Mama: Joy is one of those things that might not always come automatic, and when we are not careful, we can really tie our circumstances to our joy. Why not start training your kids (and maybe you too!) to make a conscious effort to choose joy, instead of just depending on your circumstances to provide it?
Make it a great day by Beauty Through Imperfection: Motherhood is not always a piece of cake… and somedays just feel harder than other. Rehearse saying this both to yourself and to your kids when you start to feel the day going downhill. It’s amazing how choosing to get into a positive mindset truly can begin to turn the negative around.
Be a good follower by For the Family: Just like judging, being a follower can sometimes carry a negative connotation. See here why being a follower isn’t always bad, and how to encourage your children to be good ones!
I see God working in your life by Happy Home Fairy: It can be easy to praise our kids in such a way that makes them think they don’t ever need God’s help. Happy Home Fairy shares a meaningful explanation of how giving credit to God for the great things we see our kids doing can produce spiritual fruit in their lives for years to come.
Obey right away, all the way, and with a happy heart by Meaningful Mama: Partial obedience isn’t true obedience. Neither is obedience with a begrudging attitude! Try working on this one with your children instead.
You are beautiful by Beauty Through Imperfection: There is much said in today’s culture about not tying our daughter’s self worth to their outward appearances. Of course, our girls are worth so much more than what they look like on the outside! But it also doesn’t hurt to tell those sweet girls sometimes that they are beautiful, and to assure them of where their true beauty comes from! Try it today- I guarantee your daughter will love it.
Spend less, give more by Meaningful Mama: Odds are your kids don’t need more things! Use this phrase to train them to think of how they can use their resources to bless others.
It’s okay to say yes by Kids Activities Blog: Our kids hear no from us. A lot. And they should! But sometimes its super fun, and can be very meaningful, when we say yes to the extraordinary. Why don’t you try saying yes?
What’s next, Mommy? by Meaningful Mama: Use this phrase to train in your kids an attitude of helpfulness and diligence in looking for ways to serve you and others!
Use your words please by Beauty Through Imperfection: Teach kids to use their words to clearly communicate what they want, instead of whining, fussing, pointing or made up words.
No thank you by Meaningful Mama: We often have to say no to our kids, for their safety, protection and character growth. Why not try saying “No thank you” instead of just “No” the next time? It’s much more pleasing to the ear and will aid in training your kids to use their manners too.
Count to 10 by Beauty Through Imperfection: Often times our kids temper tantrums are due to having an unexpected change in activity. Learn how to explain to your child that something new is coming and that you will count to 10 to prepare them for the change. This gives them time to wrap their minds around stopping their current activity and moving on to the next thing!
I hope you will try some of these catch phrases for moms that really work! I’m sure you will quickly find the ones that are most appropriate and effective for your family.