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What Kind of 'Parent Logic' Annoyed You As a Kid?

Remember those times when you felt like your parents were from a different planet? Whether it was their rules, their explanations, or their outright weird decisions, we all had moments where we couldn't wrap our heads around 'parent logic.' As adults, we now see things in a different light, but let's take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the most common 'parent logic' that baffled us as kids.


"Because I Said So"


Oh, the classic! There was no argument that could withstand the iron-clad logic of "because I said so." Parents deployed this phrase as a last resort when they couldn't quite explain the 'why' behind their reasoning—or simply didn't want to. While effective, it didn't win them any points in the 'convincing argument' department.


"Do As I Say, Not As I Do"

This phrase often emerged when parents were caught in acts of hypocrisy. You couldn't eat cookies before dinner, but they could? Why? Just because they were adults, they were somehow magically exempt from the rules they themselves set. It was confusing, to say the least.



"You'll Understand When You're Older"

This was the go-to phrase for any topic parents deemed too complex or inappropriate for young minds to grasp. While it was sometimes true, it didn't make it any less frustrating at the moment.


"This Is For Your Own Good"

Whether it was swallowing a terrible-tasting medicine or going to bed early before a fun weekend, the rationale was always the same: it's for your own good. As kids, we weren't convinced. How could missing out on fun or enduring something unpleasant possibly be for our good?


"Wait Until Your Father Gets Home"

Ah, the ultimate deferred punishment. The suspense was often worse than the punishment itself. This phrase was not only a cop-out but also a nerve-wracking experience that filled the remaining daylight hours with dread.


"Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees"

While this was meant to teach us the value of money, it mostly annoyed us because it was often invoked when we asked for something seemingly simple—a toy, a trip to the amusement park, or that pair of sneakers everyone at school had.


A New Perspective

As adults, we've likely adopted some of this 'parent logic' ourselves. Becoming a parent makes you appreciate the complexity and the frequent improvisation involved in raising a child. Yet, looking back at these confusing sayings and rules, we can't help but laugh and ponder.

So, what kind of 'parent logic' left you scratching your head as a kid? And have you found yourself using the same logic now that you’re an adult? It’s a circle of life moment that can give us a newfound appreciation—or continued confusion—about our parents' unique brand of logic.


Feel free to share your stories; we’d love to hear them. And parents, let this be a reminder that your kids are taking notes, so choose your 'logic' wisely!


What's your take? Have you been subject to 'parent logic' that you found irksome as a child? Join the conversation and let us know!

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