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I’ve talked about the set of Daddy-Daughter books which was Daddy’s birthday gift. Gia absolutely adores all these books and you can find them here, here and here (This is not a sponsored post, I am not getting a commission if you do buy these books) I just know after reading this, someone is going to call me and ask me for the names, so there you go. Feel free to steal the idea and yes you can thank me later.

Of the lot, her favorite is Because your Daddy loves you. It talks about how when the little girl does something childlike, like lose her shoe, her Daddy could say “You should put things where they belong” but he doesn’t, he just helps he look for it or when she gets her hands sticky with ice cream; he could say “Now look what you’ve done.” but he doesn’t. He just wipes her fingers for her.

Sweet. Very very sweet I agree. BUT a wholly unrealistic expectation from any normal parent isn’t it? Let’s look at an average day in the life of a parent. We already know what’s going to happen. Comes with age and maturity and life experiences icon wink I Told You So We tell our kids not to do something, they go ahead and do it anyway and then as parents we get to deal with the effects of their said act. “I TOLD YOU SO!” is the only gratification I have when things go exactly as I predicted and therefore is only a natural progression of things isn’t it? I mean c’mon, the only way I can practically guarantee my daughter will do something, is if I tell her not to do it.

Growing up, in my books the single most annoying phrase ever used by my parents was “I told you so!” I heard it a million times and yet I never thought it was pertinent to listen to what my mom had to say about pretty much anything.

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I told you that camera was gona break

I get it now, my house is littered with “I told you so’s”. The stain on the carpet from when Gia thought it was wise to eat ice cream standing up rather than while seated on her highchair. The lost Hello Kitty sock of her favorite pair from when she though it was a good idea to walk around with socks on her hands. And her broken drum set from when she thought it was ok to sit on the drum. They are all examples of “See mommy does know best” but I love them because of what they stand for; a tiny rebellion inside a child’s mind, a need to understand how things work and a desire to learn her own life lessons.

I finally get it, that a parent feels very little smugness when they say “I told you so!”. It’s just a nice way of saying “Oh! Shit, now I got to clean this up.”

And “Yes! I know Ma! You told me so!”

Here is a list of my mom’s top fives that I use too:

“I told you so!”

“Wait until Daddy gets home.”

“Because Mommy said so”

“Finish what’s on your plate.”

“Call me so I know you’re okay.” (Ok she still makes me do this all the time)

What were some of the mommy phrases you heard growing up?

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  1. Oh, that’s an easy one: “If everyone else was jumping off the roof, does that mean I should let you do it too.”
    This was the response I would get when I wanted to wear nail polish :P
    Geez, so annoying!!!
    *kisses* H

    October 10, 2013
    • Oh I forgot this one! I got that in response to every single thing I asked for as a teenager. It’s almost like the parents have this need to not confirm with everything the other teenagers are being allowed to do.

      October 17, 2013
  2. My Mom is a teacher and her favorite was, “Do it, because I said so.”
    How I used to hate it.

    October 11, 2013
  3. My Mom’s was “Because it’s written in the book!” She got it back when she tried it with my nephew, who demanded to see the book! ;)

    October 11, 2013
    • Haha! Which reminds me, I probably need to do a kids say the funniest things post.

      October 17, 2013
  4. Kavita Gavnekar #

    You will realise when you will become a MOTHER of a beautifull daughter like GIA I TOLD YOU SO

    October 11, 2013
    • Yes Mom! I know you told me..and you’re still telling me :)

      October 17, 2013
  5. Fab #

    My Mom said stuff similar to the one Heavenly mentioned above, only her version was, “If everyone was jumping into a well, would you also jump?” Another classic, “How many times have I told you to…”. That one still gets repeated often!

    October 12, 2013
    • Yes! Mine was the well version too. I guess it has to do with being in India :)

      October 17, 2013
  6. Oh, yes I remember…..the famous ‘I told you so’. Unfortunately I use it on my boy too…I hated it and I’m sure the boys hate it too.

    October 13, 2013
    • I bet they will be talking about it years later and complaining just the way we are.

      October 17, 2013
  7. My dad’s favorite one was “when I was your age —-followed by some unbelievable story about how difficult his childhood was” :P

    My mom’s of course was “wait till daddy comes”.

    October 13, 2013
    • Haha..wait till daddy comes, didn’t work in my case and it sure as hell doesn’t work in my daughters.

      October 17, 2013
  8. “I told you so!” There always ends up being one stern and one nice parent. Somehow the dad always is the nice one!

    I was a good kid growing up but when I wouldn’t listen and my dad saw, all he had to do was give me a look and I would do whatever my mom told me to do.

    October 14, 2013
    • Oh that look. Even now, my Dad just has to give me that look and I do what I am told. Some things are so ingrained that not even age can wipe them off.
      I agree, mom gets to be bad cop all the time.

      October 17, 2013
  9. Ah, the famous “i told you so”. It’s so cliche ;)

    October 15, 2013

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