Top 10 Things Parents Commonly Say and What They Actually Mean

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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"

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

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

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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 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

4 "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

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

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

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6 "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"

7 "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

8 "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

9 “Maybe for your birthday” - “No”
10 “We love you” - “We at least loved you enough to keep you”

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

The Newcomers

? “Come here, I want to talk to you” - “I heard something bad about you”

If they want to talk to you about something positive, they don't say they want to talk to you but talk. - Alkadikce

The Contenders

11 "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

12 "Next Time" - "Never gonna happen"
13 "Let's see" - "No"
14 "Maybe next time" - "I will at the time you are not interested by it"

Or no in simple ways

15 “Can you please help me unload the car?” - “Can you please unload the car for me while I sit down and shop on amazon?”

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

16 "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

17 “Don’t argue with me” - “I don’t want to hear what you have to say so shut up”

This is not only true for parents. - Alkadikce

18 "We will buy it for you" - "We will see"

Which eventually leads to "No"

19 "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

20 "Maybe" - "No"
21 "I'm very disappointed in you" - "You have dishonored the family!!!"
22 "It's dangerous" - "You can die from it"
23 "You have gained some weight" - "You're getting fat"

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

24 "Maybe for Christmas" - "No"
25 "No crying" - "Your feelings don't matter"
26 "You're too old for that" - "That's for babies"
27 “Cheer up” - “Get that look off your face! We don’t care”
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1. "We'll see" - "No"
2. “Maybe for your birthday” - “No”
3. “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"
MrCoolC
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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