Top 10 Things Parents Commonly Say and What They Actually Mean

Our 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

1 "We'll see" - "No"

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

My parents. Not gonna be me when I become a parent. I would rather my future kids get the message "No! ".

Very wise words - iliekpiez

2 "Go ask your dad" - "He can say no"

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.

3 "I'll be there in 5 minutes" - "I'll consider leaving the house to pick you up after 5 minutes"

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

4 "I just need to grab a few things" - "I'll go all-out on grocery shopping and you'll have to wait in the car for 45 minutes, at least"

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

5 "We love you so much" - "Please look after us when we are old and mad"

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

I agree with many items on this list
But this...
And the comments made...I'm really so shocked...This is the mental state of some children nowadays.. So hurt and disgusted.

I'm really hoping for the people who made comments to tell this to their parents...At least...they won't be in the darkness, at least.. they'd know the children they brought up...
I really wish that every parent with such children grow so rich so that they won't have to face this rotten reality.

I'm NOT saying that everyone should stay in their very home forever, of course every parent wants their child to succeed and have everything of their own.

There's nothing wrong in hoping for some love and's surprising that I actually had to say this.

They love you that's why they take care of you...if they didn't, they would have left you and you wouldn't have survived a single day.

Every child at some point would have issues with their parents, it's normal - it ...more - 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

This... just hit me deep into the heart and is what I'm afraid of. I suppose I should take my parent's acts of kindness with a grain of salt. - Bolshoy_Brat

6 "When I was your age I would never do that" - "When I was your age I would have never got caught by my parents doing that."

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

7 "I can't believe you did that" - "I'm disappointed in you for doing whatever you have done, but I'm also slightly impressed at the same time"

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

8 "Maybe" - "I don’t have time to deal with the argument that will come if I say no, but I don’t want to give you too much hope."

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"

9 "Dinner's ready" - "Dinner is almost ready, but I could use some of your help"

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

10 "Maybe when you’re older." - "Never, hopefully you forget it after a few months"

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

The Contenders

11 “Can you please help me unload the car?” - “Can you please unload the car for me while I sit down and shop on amazon?”
12 "Next Time" - "Never gonna happen"
13 “Don’t argue with me” - “I don’t want to hear what you have to say so shut up”
14 "We will buy it for you" - "We will see"

Which eventually leads to "No"

15 “Maybe for your birthday” - “No”
16 "Maybe" - "No"
17 "Maybe next time" - "I will at the time you are not interested by it"

Or no in simple ways

18 "It's too far to drive there" - "We're too lazy to drive you anywhere"

And that’s the frustrating thing about freshman year of high school - Randomator

19 "I'm very disappointed in you" - "You have dishonored the family!!!"
20 "Let's see" - "No"
21 "It's dangerous" - "You can die from it"
22 "You have gained some weight" - "You're getting fat"
23 "Maybe for Christmas" - "No"
24 "No crying" - "Your feelings don't matter"
25 "You're too old for that" - "That's for babies"
26 “Cheer up” - “Get that look off your face! We don’t care”
27 “We love you” - “We at least loved you enough to keep you”
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1. "We'll see" - "No"
2. "I'll be there in 5 minutes" - "I'll consider leaving the house to pick you up after 5 minutes"
3. "Go ask your dad" - "He can say no"
1. "We'll see" - "No"
2. "Go ask your dad" - "He can say no"
3. "We love you so much" - "Please look after us when we are old and mad"


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