Things I’m Always Telling You: A Letter To My Boys


A while back, I wrote a gushy bundle of mush a bunch of deep and meaningful words to my boys telling them some mommy thoughts I’ve never said out loud.

This time, I’m turning this idea on it’s head.

And writing a pile of verbals I’m always telling my boys in the hope that on the millionth time, they’ll get it. (Puff, blow, heave-ho.)

This is a much longer list.

Can you relate?

Dear Boys,

If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times…

Your socks don’t go there.

Have you cleaned your teeth?

What’s the magic word?


Try that again.

Did you wash your hands?

What do you want for breakfast?

Have a great 5th grade day!

Elbows off the table.



What do you want in your sandwiches?

Do you want mayonnaise or mustard?

Go get the lunchboxes off the back seat. Please.

Are you strapped in?

Who made this mess?

Do your shoes really go there?

You have school in the morning.

Do you have your homework?

Where are your glasses?

Half that milk is just fine.

You can always use your allowance.

Is anybody listening to me?

Bath night, tonight.

It’s bedtime!

Night, night.

I love you.

Kiss, kiss 🙂


What are you always telling your kids? Let me know in the comments!

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bluecottonmemory April 22, 2011 at 7:09 am

You know – I’ve said all those things to my sons. My oldest one is married now and in charge of keeping up with his socks. It so often feels like their are seives to my words – and then they surprise me! BTW – I have about 10 more years of saying that list to my boys! LOL I guess I have an almost never-ending supply of them!


Alison Golden April 22, 2011 at 7:21 am

When my kids were babies, someone who was ahead of me in the game told me it took on the millionth time. I’ve always remembered that. And taken notice of moms who have older kids and have been there, done that. 🙂


Gini Martinez April 23, 2011 at 7:18 am

Great post!

“Is that *really* how much you’ll eat?”
“You’re *still* hungry?”
“Go wash your feet.”
“Who has stinky feet?”
“I know the food will taste weird after, you still have to brush your teeth.”
“Yes, I love you, now go away.”
“You’re my favorite (insert age) year old.”
“Have good mimis.”


Alison Golden April 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Ah, Gina. I can see you’ve been there, done that. What are ‘mimis?’ 😉


Gini Martinez April 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Mimis is sleep. Back in the day, when I was a nanny, a nanny friend introduced me to the term when we’d put toddlers down for a nap. It stuck with me and every night I tell each boy to “have good mimis”.


Alison Golden April 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Oh, that’s cute. Thanks for explaining. 🙂


Mary E. Ulrich
April 23, 2011 at 11:07 am

Isn’t it funny how the comments are the same from one generation to another.

Now the only difference is: turn off the computer and go play outside
Where’s the remote?
Why is the battery dead?…

Wonder what our grandchildren will be telling their kids?
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Alison Golden April 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Gosh, I hope that continues to be true, Mary.


April 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

My daughter told me that I say “I love you too much.” She is 6.5. I am curious to see what she says in 30 years.
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Alison Golden April 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I’m curious to know what *you’ll* be saying in 30 years, Jack 😉


misty April 25, 2011 at 7:58 am

Loved this… Now i’m going to become hyper aware of things I always say. If I know one thing, i have to repeat myself A LOT!
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Oliver Golden April 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm

My mum somehow forgot to add ” If this mess isn’t either of yours I suppose I’ll have to throw it all away.”, even though she uses it every other hour. : ^ P


Alison Golden April 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm

‘That’s enough of that now, Oliver.’ 😉


SuzRocks April 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Why do they have to get their lunchboxes off the backseat? “Do you have your keys/wallet/phone/etc with you?” that question is asked to my ‘child’- my husband. He’s always forgetting stuff.
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Alison Golden April 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Because otherwise they leave them there and whatever is still in them starts growing. Before you know it we have a science experiment on our hands and a very whiffy car. And you seem to be in training, Suz 😉


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