25 Things You Say To Toddlers

I loved reading @ladyemsy post “Questions I Often Ask Myself Now That I’m A Mum” over at Tea Lady Mumbles earlier in the week so I thought I’d write a similar list. I tried to write a list of questions, but I got stuck at 8 and they were fairly droll and uninteresting – even I was bored reading them *yawn*. But I caught myself this weekend repeating the same phrases to my 23 month little lady over and over again so I decided to write about them and I found that once I started the phrases just rolled out. I can’t quite believe that I actually have 25 key phrases that have become a part of my daily vocabulary since I became a mum, but here they are;

1. Can you listen please

2. You’re not listening

3. Be careful!

4. No touching

5. Don’t put that in your mouth

6. Can you put it back please

7. Have some water

8. Have you done a wee/poo?

9. Eat your food, don’t play with it!

10. You can’t have cereal/ice cream (select inappropriate food) for breakfast/lunch/dinner (select inappropriate time)

11. Stop picking your nose!

12. Let’s wipe your hands/face

13. You don’t need that dummy!

14. How do you ask nicely?

15.  What do you say? (after being given something)

16. What did you say? (try to translate completely unintelligible words)

17. You have to share

18. Shall we go and find daddy?

19. Come here please

20. What are you doing?

21. Stop crying

22. It’s ok

23. Clever girl

24. You look beautiful

25. I love you

I’ve found that the vocabulary that I use with the little lady has changed over time as she has grown and become more independent. However I’m sure that most parents of toddlers will be familiar with and use most of these from time to time, if not most of the time!

What phrases you find yourself using ALL the time?



  1. Emma
    June 10, 2015 / 7:04 am

    Two things I didn’t think I would find myself saying regularly: Eat the raisins not the box! If you lick the windows again, you’ll go on the naughty step!

    • June 10, 2015 / 7:10 am

      That is very funny, but something I could actually quite easily imagine saying!

  2. June 13, 2015 / 7:02 pm

    Mine is “Stop licking the TV” to my 2 year old!! Why oh why does she lick it??!!

    • June 13, 2015 / 7:57 pm

      I think that’s the best one I’ve heard so far!

  3. Katie Haydock
    June 14, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Ha ha! I love this. One I find myself saying every (early) morning is “it’s still night time”!

    • June 14, 2015 / 9:40 pm

      Been there! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  4. June 14, 2015 / 11:27 pm

    Very funny and I think I say most of them things everyday to my 15month old haha. Great post x #brillblogposts

    • June 14, 2015 / 11:53 pm

      Thanks, and thanks for stopping by. Love connecting with new bloggers that I may not have met if it weren’t for linkies!

  5. twinkletwinklehereyouare
    June 14, 2015 / 11:28 pm

    Great post and very funny. I say most of them things everyday to my 15 month old 🙂 x #brillblogposts

  6. Kaye • Hello Archie (@helloarchie_)
    June 16, 2015 / 5:21 am

    Haha, love these! I find myself saying ‘Don’t do that!’ a ridiculous amount and ‘Get that out of your mouth!’ is also a fave. >_< #sundaystars

    • June 16, 2015 / 5:25 am

      Sounds like all the things I find myself saying ALL the time! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. June 16, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    How many times do I have to say it?
    Flush the toilet!
    Don’t forget to wash your hands.
    Don’t drop it on the floor, put it in the bin.
    Pause it. (when watching Horrid Henry on netflix)

    I’m thinking of recording them on a permanent loop.

    • June 16, 2015 / 5:18 pm

      I can imagine these might be a few of the things I might find myself saying in the next few years! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  8. Karen (@karenjwhitlock)
    June 18, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    Great list! I say “stop licking your sister” to both girls EVERY SINGLE DAY for more times than I care to count! Thank you so much for linking up to #SundayStars

    • June 18, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      That’s so funny! Interestingly you aren’t the first person to say you have to tell your little ones to stop licking someone or something else! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. August 15, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Number 5 is currently my go-to phrase I can relate to all of the others too lol xx

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