Top 10 Most Annoying Things Parents Say to Their Children

The Top Ten
1 Because I said so.

My parents would always say this, and I would ask, "Because why?" They would give me a long-winded, dull description, trying to make it as hard to understand as possible.

This is the excuse mothers use when they know they're wrong and have no more line of defense for their argument.

Okay, just because you're older than me and this whole family doesn't mean you're the boss of everything.

2 No

Mom and Dad, can I get gum today?
Mom and Dad, I want a Nintendo Switch, PLEASE?
Mom and Dad, can I get a scooter or bike?
Mom and Dad, can we go to the cinema?
Mom and Dad, can I have Instagram?

One month later

Can I get one of those things I asked for now?
Why? Just why?
"Because I said so."

This answer isn't really THAT annoying, but yes, if my parents promise me something and afterward they just say, "No," it is pretty blood-boiling.

But hey, still a better answer than, "We'll see." THAT'S not even a proper answer!

This isn't that annoying by itself, but when they don't tell you why they said it or follow it up with "because I said so" (or something like that), that's when it's annoying.

3 Finish your dinner, there are starving kids in Africa!

They should have started a service where unfinished food is scraped into this mini fridge. In the afternoon, the guys would come, bring the food to the airport, and send it to Africa.

Do parents have to mention the starving kids in Africa every time they tell their kids to finish their meals? Not to mention that it is kind of disrespectful to them.

If you're forcing me to eat my dinner but there are starving kids in Africa, why did you say the second statement? I would've said, Donate the food to them, then!

4 It's that simple

Like what? Doing our homework? Doing chores?

5 If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all

I've literally seen on a forum (about the old and new YouTube logos) somebody say they prefer the old logo, to which someone replied, "That's super rude to say. If you have something pathetic to say, then don't say it."

Welcome to the internet.

It's called freedom of speech. As long as I have the right to it, whether someone oversensitive wants to hear it or not is not my problem. So, if you have nothing important to say to me, then don't say it at all.

That is the most pathetic saying I have ever heard and the biggest sickness that society has created. Seriously, anything in the world deserves criticism. Yes, even this comment.

6 It's not up to you

You becoming a parent was up to me. You not facing the taunts of your family for not delivering a healthy child was up to me. You being allowed to do a job because your child wasn't troublesome was up to me. Nearly everything about you was up to me.

So apparently me being the child means that it's not up to me.

Well, if I started the argument, then it is.

7 I'm the parent and you are the child

This is the most aggravating thing possible. I couldn't explain how it is, but overall it is the dumbest thing to come out of a person's mouth.

Some parents say this all the time. It's really offensive. It is discrimination against children. It's like saying, "I'm the man and you're the woman." Yes, it really is that bad.

Being a parent doesn't make you superior to your own child.

8 This is too inappropriate for you to watch

I know I'm only fourteen, but I have a rather extensive knowledge of stuff I probably shouldn't know due to growing up with unrestricted internet access. Whenever my parents act like this, I'm like, "Chill. I've seen nudity before."

I'm 26, and I recently watched "Showgirls." My mom walked in during one of the nude scenes and was like, "You shouldn't watch this because it's too inappropriate for you."

How is a movie with nudity "too inappropriate" for a 26-year-old?

It's so annoying! Are they going to go crazy over a girl taking her T-shirt off when it's showing her back and not her front?

9 Give me your phone

If you are a parent reading this who sometimes says this to their kid, remember you wouldn't like it if your child stole your phone. Think about it.

Same goes for my dad. He broke my phone two years ago because I'm addicted to it.

10 Mother knows best

In my case, every time I didn't do what my mom told me to, I always got hurt. One time, I cut my arm so badly playing with something she told me not to, and my dad told me, "Oh, just play with it." I was so sorry I did. Sorry, Mommy.

Age has nothing to do with maturity.

What a lazy defense for your argument.

The Contenders
11 You’re too young to understand

They use this as an excuse to hide the dark stuff they are talking about.

So, by that logic, even child geniuses are too young to understand? Okay.

Hey, I'm 15 this year! I'm old enough to drive!

12 When I was your age...

When I was your age, there were no *insert 21st Century Item here*.

When I was your age, I woke up at 4 AM.

When I was your age, I played outside all day.

When I was your age, I studied all day.

When I was your age, I got perfect grades.

When I was your age, I walked to school.

When I was your age, I never talked back.

When I was your age, I behaved perfectly.

When I was your age, I helped my parents.

And more!

This should be number one. This is a parent's weapon for guilt-tripping.

When I was your age, there were no video games.
When I was your age, we walked to school because there were no cars.
When I was your age, there were no phones.

Thinking: I wish you were taught to be quiet when you were my age.

13 Sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you

Words can hurt. Believe me. I've been called weird for the past few weeks, and I feel sad when someone says that. I don't usually care about what others say, but sometimes it hurts me so much that I want to spam the whole WhatsApp chat group in caps.

Oh for crying out loud, it's really a nursery rhyme. It was written before 1872. What next? Rock-a-bye Baby, London Bridge is Falling Down, and Jack and Jill.

Then why are we allowed to play with sticks and stones but can't curse in class or on TheTopTens?

14 What are you doing?

This is a minor pet peeve of mine, but I wish everybody in my house would let me do something without questioning me about it like they don't trust me! It's gotten to the point where they ask what I'm doing when I'm attempting to do the most mundane things!

Doing something that has nothing to do with your business.

My mom is constantly asking me this question, and I always say, Doing my paperwork. I like it when my parents check on me because it makes me feel grown up.

15 What did you learn/do at school today?

If you ask me this, then I'll just keep giving you the same response: "Nothing important or useful enough to talk about."

There's nothing usually important about this.

I learned that parents shouldn't be nosy.

16 You’re grounded!

Ugh! I hate it when my parents say this to me! Have I mentioned I'm 13? I shouldn't be grounded! I'm a teen! The only times teens get grounded is in the movies! And I get grounded for the littlest things, like swearing, which ticks me off! My mom swears every five seconds when she is angry. What a hypocrite!


I watch a lot of Go!Animate grounded series. It's way better than getting grounded.

17 No buts
18 Shut up

My parents say that to me sometimes. I hate that word. Every time I talk, they say, "Shut up!" One night my mom told me to shut up for no reason. Ugh!

This should be number one. My parents are allowed to say shut up to me, but whenever my cousins are being annoying and I tell them to shut up, they get all mad at me.

Parents say this to kids?! Like that's a normal thing?! Wow.

19 If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you do it too?

Me: Mom, can I get an iPhone seven?
Mom: Why? You have a phone already! (She's getting mad)
Me: Ashley, Maddie, Carly, Jenna, Emma, Lizzie, Adrian, May, and Natalie all have one!
Mom: If they all jumped off a cliff, would you too?
Me: No, but it's not the same thing. I have the money to pay for it. I just need permission!
Mom: (Ignoring the second half of what I said) HA! NO! Exactly! So why should you get the phone they have?
Me: *face plant* Oh God

I don't think parents understand that maybe all of my friends have an app or something and exclude me by accident just by talking about it. Naturally, I want it too so I don't feel left out. That doesn't mean I'll kill myself just because my friends did.

20 Because I'm an adult

I bet my parents will say that even when I am an adult! I'm 15 years old and technically almost an adult!

Wow, you're an adult. Big whoop! Like that means anything.

You deserve the Nobel Prize for being an adult!

21 I gave birth to you! You owe everything to me!

So, I should be grateful for you bringing me into this terrible and cruel world? You may have brought me into this world, but all it gave me is depression. Besides, you were the one who made the decision to have kids. I didn't ask to be born.

This is so annoying! I did not ask to be born. When I say this to my mom when she makes that dumb excuse, she says, "Well, you technically did choose to be born. Your soul chose us, and we are your soul parents." This is actually so stupid!

You made the decision to have kids, and with that came providing them with a good early life. Your kid doesn't owe you anything for your decision to have a kid in the first place.

22 You're too old for this show

The hell I am! There's no such thing as too old! Ignore the age limit on the box and go for it!

Me: I like Disney's Hercules.
Mom: You're too old for Disney's Hercules!

It doesn't matter how old you are. It's good to enjoy things too!

23 Don’t argue with me

What if the child isn't even arguing? What if they're being accused of doing something they didn't do and they're just trying to explain themselves? Is that arguing?

Oh, I'll argue without a doubt. What you are doing to me is wrong, and I will fight till I get what I deserve!

24 Kids don't dye their hair
25 Practice makes perfect

I had one try with drumming The Black Parade, and they are still not satisfied with my one-day practice. Damn.

Oh, my gosh! I hate this one. Practice does not make perfect! I have practiced, and I am not perfect. You can't be perfect anyway.

No one is perfect, so why practice?

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