Top 10 Things Parents Commonly Say and What They Actually MeanOur parents say some stuff more often than others, while they most likely don't have a secret agenda behind what they say, their words can have an underlining meaning to them. This is a list of such things parents commonly say and what they actually mean by them. The items are listed in this manner - "What they say -What they actually mean"
The Top Ten
My grandparents still use this to my mum - Alkadikce
When your parent says this, it means that you will be on a sort of a probation period for the next 36 hours. It means that there is a 90% chance that things are not going to go according to your plan. However, your behaviour in the next 36 hours is very critical in determining the outcome, as you need to behave your best and one misbehaviour incident would straight away draw the word "No" from your parent's mouth. - styLIShT
Very wise words - iliekpiez
Mothers who are married to strict fathers usually use this, but in such a case, your dad will mostly say no, or in the best case scenario, he tells you to go ask your mom again and you get trapped in this vicious cycle, while not getting your thing done. Mothers do this so that they don't have to play the 'bad guy' role and are still able to prevent you from getting what you want. - styLIShT
My dad always tells me to ask my mom because he doesn’t want to say no, but my mom says yes.
Your mom or dad usually say this when they take you in the car for some other purpose, and they spot a wild grocery store with their eyes. By saying that they're going to grab a few things, they actually mean that they're gonna go all-out on grocery shopping and you're going to wait in the car for 45 minutes. That's actually better than some situations where you have to go with them and must carry all the junk that they purchase, from entry to exit. - styLIShT
Pfft, this one is so true. - mattstat716
This is an extremely common thing for parents to say, most children have experienced this enough times that they just multiply the number of minutes your parents say by 4 (At least I did that). You know this very well if you were the last kid to get picked up after sports practice, or after school. - styLIShT
This is extremely relatable. - MrCoolC
A message to people who are planning to abandon their parents : Your future children will abandon you too. - Ananya
People like these are the reason there are old age homes and suicides committed by elderly parents.
No limit for human depravity. - Ananya
Wow, that's horrible. Well at least my parents are a hundred percent honest with me...but I'm not gonna look after them when they're old - TwilightKitsune
As your parents get older, they get more worried about their health, and they probably don't want to end their life in one of those old folks' homes. They realise that after they become quite old, you are the only person they will be able to depend on and are behaving nice towards you in expectation for returns in the future. - styLIShT
Parents usually say this when you request them something after they have come home after a long and tiresome day. They use this when they don't have the energy to argue with you if they say no, but they also don't want you to get what you want, so they just leave your request hanging by saying 'Maybe', such that after they get energetic enough, they tell you no, argue with you and win the argument. - styLIShT
It really means "I'm obviously going to say "no"
This statement they say is a clear lie. They are actually telling you that during their childhood, they were smart enough to not get caught doing that, but they can't say this bitter truth to you, as they're your parents. - styLIShT
There's a strong chance that they did.-DarkBoi-X
Your parents say this when they are disappointed in you for doing something, but at the same time they are slightly impressed by you, either for having the courage to do whatever you have done, or maybe they had fun doing the same thing in their childhood. - styLIShT
Not everything they say means no. What spoiled brat put this here - TheAwesomeDude54
This sounds quite paranoid. If I made this list (but unfortunately I couldn't come up with this idea, it's really creative), I would have included some items where the actual meaning is more positive than the literal one. - Alkadikce
Mom: hey, diners ready!
me: *comes down* Where is it?
mom: in the frying pan and while you are here why not help set the table?
Your parents say this so that you finally come out of your room, and when you arrive at the dining area, you realise that dinner is not actually ready and they tell you to assemble a few dishes or something else in the meantime. - styLIShT
This one never ceases to annoy me. - PositronWildhawk
Or no in simple ways
No, it means "Can you please unload the car for me while I sit down on a granite freestone and I shop on the amazon app on my iPhone 5? Why so specific? - Alkadikce
Parents say this so that they don't completely fade your burning enthusiasm to do something while they are clearly not interested in it. They are hoping that you will forget whatever you want right now in a few months. - styLIShT
7 or so years later, still haven't forgotten... - Cyri
This is not only true for parents. - Alkadikce
Which eventually leads to "No"
And that’s the frustrating thing about freshman year of high school - Randomator
Grow up - TheAwesomeDude54
These actually mean the same in most cases. By the way, I don't really experience that parents would fat shame their children. Sometimes they are the ones responsible that their child is overweight. - Alkadikce
@Alkadikce-My mom is Asian and she fat shames me all the time! :(
My dad said feelings don't matter and that crying doesn't fix anything. To me, that's wrong, because if I don't express my feelings someway, SOMEONE is getting hurt!
It's true though. Crying doesn't get you anywhere in life, it will not, never did. - TheAwesomeDude54
My mom once told me that if I ever need to cry, cry. Three years later, and every time I cry she says "Stop crying! " in a harsh tone. I'm just waiting for High school when I have a full on ugly cry cause of her and she says to stop and I remind her.
SHUT. UP. U. SPOILED. BRAAAT - TheAwesomeDude54
If they want to talk to you about something positive, they don't say they want to talk to you but talk. - Alkadikce