I was all set to write something serious tonight, something that would really make us all stop and think. And then something came across my Twitter timeline that had me falling OUT and I just had to share it.
The hashtag was #blackparentquotes.
Sometimes I don’t get Black Twitter hashtags. This one I totally did. I obviously was raised by Black Parents. And I obviously am one. I found myself having heard or having said so many of them, I was simultaneously shocked and amused. Here are mine, that I came up with:
“Get your hands OFF my walls!”
My mother STILL says this. When I was a child, I could NOT understand. I never felt that my hands were dirty. But today – my walls are filthy. Why? CUZ I HAVEN’T TOLD MY KIDS TO KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF THE WALLS! Children have nasty hands. They refuse to use the banister to walk up the steps. As Andrea and I commiserated over Twitter, they act like they can’t stand on their own feet. Why are you leaning?! STAND UP!
[Child says something smart.] “Who you talkin’ to?”
My five-year-old is in this stage now where I say this probably every day. Now, back when I was growing up, this statement was followed by silence, actually waiting for a response. You had betta said, “Nobody,” so the retort would be, “That’s what I thought, cuz I know you wasn’t talkin’ to me like that.” Today, I’ll still say, “Who you talkin’ to?” but I will continue with a talk about being respectful and not talking to me that way. Then I’ll tell him how he should of said what he said. These kids don’t even know…
[Mom on the phone. Child is looking at the mom.] “Why you in my mouth?”
A variant is “Get out of my mouth!” Kids just don’t know how to eavesdrop on phone conversations without actually looking. I learned how to avoid that one quick. I don’t even talk on the phone now. But I do have to shuttle my kids away when I’m trying to have an adult conversation. I get the urge sometimes to say this, but I don’t think they’d get it.
[Mom and child walk into the store.] “Don’t ask for nothin’…”
This was just an ongoing instruction. She didn’t even have to say it.
Child: But [so-and-so’s] mom said they could do it! Mom: “Do I look like [so-and-so’s] mama?”
Nope. You sho’ ’nuff don’t.
“Put some shoes on your feet!”
That was my dad! All the time. I think it was a thing about stepping on something, or catching a cold. But I know it’s the reason insist on walking barefoot in my house all. the. time. That’s the rebel in me.
“Just wait till we get home.”
I don’t say this. We’ve already had the spanking conversation on this site. Let me just say I have my spoon in the car. No need to wait.
And my favorite (can’t take credit for it though*):
Child: Mommy, can we go to McDonald’s? Mom: You got McDonald’s money?
YES! I say this to my kids ALL THE TIME!! It applies everywhere! “Mommy can we go…” “You got some money?” I try to make it clear to my children at all times that only people who earn money can spend money. They get money sometimes and they have to save some of it and they can spend some of it. But outside of that – naw. It even applies when my son wants to talk about stuff that is “his” – what?? Nope – if you don’t pay any bills in this house, then nothing belongs to you.
What are your favorite #blackparentquotes? Share in the comments!
* i am not a tweet stealer. that ish is not cool.