The Unexpected Reality of Parenting Cliches

The Unexpected Reality of Parenting Cliches

I remember before my daughter started talking that I was almost excited about this phase, the ‘why’ phase that is. More so the prospect of her talking, in retrospect. I was so keen for her to be able to communicate with me. To be able to tell me what she wants, it felt like a long time coming.

Well, does she tell me what she wants. Not to mention what she doesn’t. Things are clearer now than ever.

In fact she doesn’t shut up. From the minute she wakes up until the minute she goes to bed. She is bending my ear with every cliche in the book.

In at the top spot is of course, why? She wasnts to know why to everything. Every damn thing. I know she is just curious, she is learning and everything is new to her but really she isn’t always able to understand the answer, or care.

‘Why is it cold mummy?

‘Because it’s winter darling’

‘Why is it winter?’

Because every year we have Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and now it is Winter’s turn’.


*SIGH* Well, the Earth’s axis is tilted and at the moment the U.K, where we live, is the further away from the sun, which makes it cold, ergo winter.


*Bangs head against wall*

Sometimes I can try really hard to explain in a way she will understand but she just looks at me vacantly. She cannot compute the information I have given her and half the time I swear she doesn’t even listen. If you don’t answer however WHY will be screamed at the top of her lungs until something is said in return. I try my best not to us those 3 sacred words. I try to have patience and to explain but sometimes the only tool left in the box is,

‘because it is’.

Sometimes it just is. Fact.

Hot on the tails of why, is the equally fun and soul destroying, ‘are we there yet mummy?’.

From the minute we pull off the drive until we reach our destination. ‘Are we there yet’? ‘We nearly there mummy?’ We there now? on repeat ad infinitum, with the occasional ‘It’s really far away’. How many TV shows have you watched where kids incessantly ask ‘are we nearly there yet?’. I didn’t actually think this was a real thing, but hell it is. Mix ‘are we nearly there yet’ with ‘why are there trees?‘ and it’ll make for a really fun 2 hour drive.

If it isn’t why? or are we there yet? Then you can be sure it’ll be ‘what we doing now mummy’? The last bite of marmite toast has barely been consumed and you can rest assured the next thing to come out of her mouth is, ‘what we doing now’? We can arrive home after having been out of the house doing all sorts of child friendly fun activities and the words you will hear will be ‘what we doing now?. ‘ I must be asked this at least 657 times a day, which would be fine (it wouldn’t) except for the fact we do things all day everyday.

‘What are we doing now mummy?’

‘Whatever you want darling, you can play with your toys, read a story, watch the telly’

‘I want to go out’

‘We’ve just been out, so were going to stay home now’

‘But what we doing now?’

‘why don’t you play with your kitchen and make me some dinner?’


We could be out somewhere fun such as a soft play, a zoo, a playgroup – you name it and I will still get

‘What we doing now mummy?’


This is what we are doing now...cant possibly sit and do nothing.

Last but not least, ‘I’m hungry mummy’ which is basically code for, ‘I want chocolate’. When I ask her what she want’s it is only ever, ‘choc choc’. Occasionally she won’t answer, usually when she’s knows she is pushing her luck but still wants to try anyway. Instead of the words a coy, knowing smile will creep across her face and her head will tilt as she attempts to mouth the words ‘choc choc’. Then there is the last ditch attempt, when she knows there really is zero chance of chocolate, you can guarantee the response to ‘what would you like?’ is;

‘What we got mummy?’

She won’t want any of the options I offer up. None of the fruits or vaguely nutritious snacks. You can spend 5 minutes listing options for them to be shot down only to then get into a pointless discussion with a three year old as to why you can’t eat chocolate all the live long day.

So yep, three years in and parenting is living up to every cliche in the book. I just have the late night giggly slumber parties where Mr Tammy and I take it turns to tell them to ‘keep it down’, door slamming tweens and the ‘it’s not fair’ teen cliches to look forward to then. Hurrah.

What about you? Have you got any parenting cliches to share? I’d love to hear from you.

The unexpected reality of parenting cliches


  1. December 18, 2017 / 1:24 am

    He he, don’t remind me this still to come!! I like it when Robert asks me Are you ok mummy? His little face asks in a confused way! My friend has just told me her little is saying “it’s not fair ” in a super whine voice so it could be worse!!

  2. December 18, 2017 / 7:02 am

    Oh man, I have all this to look forward to! The Popple has started to do a bit of this already – she recently asked me “What does blue mean?” and I had no idea how to answer. I told her it was just a really nice colour and she seemed okay with that. #familyfun

  3. December 18, 2017 / 7:16 am

    Haha I remember those why days so well and “because it is that’s why!!”. And I’ve got it all to come again!! Thanks for hosting #familyfun and wishing you a lovely Christmas xxx

  4. December 18, 2017 / 7:30 am

    Haha love this. I’m in this exact phase with Molly. I don’t think I could count how many times I hear the words why and choc choc each day.

    Molly is so inquisitive. Why is is snowing mummy, queue my explanation, but why mummy. Then follows the same explanation worded another way. She pauses and I think that’s it but then she says, keep talking mummy… I have to then talk all about the subject she asked why about. Until she starts demanding choc choc… Haha. #FamilyFunLinky

  5. December 18, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Haha lovely post! I remember the ‘why?’ Phase and my favourite reply was “because I said so” or “ just because”. In fact my mum has a sign in her kitchen that says, “because I’m the mummy, that’s why!” And I didn’t get it until I had toddlers! My sons favourite was ‘why is the sky not purple?” 🤔 now they are teens and yes, the cliches are everywhere….the wet towels on the floor, the slamming of doors, the ‘doh, you are so uncool/stupid/old’ looks, the finding of coffee mugs lost in 2015 under the bed….the cliches are real but oh so lovely! Enjoy. #familyfun

  6. December 18, 2017 / 9:06 am

    This is so funny and sounds just like my girls. ‘but why?’ is on constant repeat here too. #familyfun

  7. December 18, 2017 / 11:30 am

    I know their endless questions are sometimes soooo…To get it better I only answer in the way I hope my 3Yo would understand….I use the words he knows. My Kiddo says “potty” whenever he meet someone new and they say Hello. He has developed the habit of saying “I will slap you”…Of course, he is imititaing us but its so embarrassing. #familyfun

  8. December 18, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    I’ve somehow avoided this! Michael’s very well read, so he comes out with the most ridiculously grown up phrases, sometimes I have to google things he says! #familyfun

  9. December 18, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Hahaha! All the same here, as I have a 3.5 yo boy. I waited his first words to come over two years, and I thought him talking could not possibly make my annoyed. Ha! I was wrong! #familyfunlinky

  10. December 18, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    I was a why child and I think it shows a healthy and enquiring mind but I know my mum was very thankful when my dad got home and she could open the gin. 😉 Lovely post 💙 Thank you for hosting #familyfun

  11. December 18, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    Ha Ha. Asking why show intelligence answering kills a brain cell every time. #FamilyFunLinky

  12. Mother of 3
    December 18, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    Oh the whys! That stage nearly killed me… but I must warn you that my boys are all over 10 and they still talk non – stop all day long from the minute they wake until long after they are in bed…

  13. December 19, 2017 / 2:26 am

    Strangely enough neither of my girls went through a “why?” phase. But “I’m hungry” with nothing that would satisfy that hunger, as well as 1000 other questions at any given time, were (and sometimes are) the most annoying parts of the day. It’s true that the parenting cliches sometimes are very true!

  14. December 19, 2017 / 9:13 am

    I’ve still got all these to come as mine is only 7 months old – thanks for the heads up! :) #FamilyFunLinky

  15. December 19, 2017 / 9:14 am

    I’ve still got all these to come as my little girl is only 7 months old – thanks for the heads up! :) #FamilyFunLinky

  16. December 19, 2017 / 11:15 am

    The why phase and the constant questioning can be bloody exhausting, just remember to breathe. Merry Christmas X #familyfunlinky

  17. December 19, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    I certainly can relate to this. I’m pretty sure once she said her first word my daughter hasn’t stopped talking yet, six years later! #familyfun

  18. December 20, 2017 / 9:57 am

    The ‘Whys’ are pretty incessant aren’t they.

  19. December 21, 2017 / 10:40 am

    My eldest asks ‘What’s that mummy’ as she points to something. Sometimes I ask her what she thinks it is as I know she knows and is just trying to make conversation. Bless her. #FamilyFunLinky

  20. December 21, 2017 / 10:54 am

    My Little, 7 years old, wakes every morning and asks for candy. She knows she will be shot down at the gitgo and thus, the day begins. Kids: so predictable and so abs fabs at the same time! Have the most joyous and healthy holiday! #familyfunlinky xoxo

  21. December 21, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Ha ha, we get all of these too. Especially the hungry one. Although my three year old is a little more forward and say she wants a treat, all day long. My refusal will be met with screams like being denied chocolate is a form of torture. Not once has a screaming fit or tantrum ever resulted in me changing my mind, especially at 9:30am, but it doesn’t stop her trying 😂

  22. January 3, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    It’s the constant ‘mummy’ ‘mummy’ ‘mummy’ that drives me bonkers! #familyfunlinky