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Right Now | The Words

The things I find myself saying again and again to one or the other or both of them right now:

Take your hair out of your mouth.

Have a good day at school.

Just a minute.

I'll be right there.

Turn off the TV.

Wait, please.

Please take your dishes to the sink.

Go get your book.

Stop. Just stop.

Please be kind.

Follow directions.

Please put your shoes in the basket and hang up your coat.

Awesome job on your homework.

Inside voices please.

I'm super proud of you.

Use kind words.

I love you.

You are awesome.

Goodnight. I love you.

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  1. Rina says…
    05/15/2013

    Lovely journalling idea Ali, so simple but a great capture of a moment in time!

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  2. Jo-Anne from ZA says…
    05/15/2013

    Sounds familiar:-)

    My words are directed to a 2 year old so there are alot more NO's in there:-)

    Have a fab day!

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    1. Els says…
      05/18/2013

      HiJo-Anne. That sounds very familiar when dealing with a two year old. However those "NO's" (and DON'Ts) seem to go NO-where. The Universe and 2 year olds just don't seem to get the concept of NO (or DON'T). I would tell mine NOT to drop something, and that was exactly what would happen. If I told her to 'hold on tight' she never dropped it.

  3. Miriam says…
    05/15/2013

    Just to make you smile, I hope, I still say a few of these things to my 24 year old!!

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  4. April says…
    05/15/2013

    Oh, I love this idea. I've been reading your blog for many years, it's always so delightful to hear your words and to witness your life evolve, the ways you so willingly share your life has been inspirational to me. This last Creative Lift you sent out completely helped me get through a bout of "blahs" I've been struggling with both creatively and mentally. Thank you so much for the gift of those life enhancing words, my appreciation abounds!

    P.S. Simon and Anna are getting so big and are such cute kids!

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  5. Angie says…
    05/15/2013

    We must be living parallel lives with the same kids only I have an extra one in between the big and little. All day long!!

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  6. Jenny A says…
    05/15/2013

    LOVE this! What an awesome idea? After I read this, I immediately jotted down the things I say to my kids.

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  7. Rosa Nissenbaum says…
    05/15/2013

    I love how you bring in the everyday into your journaling/scrapbooking. I'm going to definitely going to be doing this on a page soon. Thank you!

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  8. Paula says…
    05/15/2013

    May I add "go brush your teeth?" (ditto for brush your hair) Have a great day!

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  9. Randa says…
    05/15/2013

    Great idea! A must do :)

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  10. Sara says…
    05/15/2013

    Stop. Just stop.

    Yup, I say that one an awful lot around here too!

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  11. Gaele says…
    05/15/2013

    I have the exact same words here... except in French!! I guess kids are pretty much the same all around the world, no matter the language.

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  12. Angie Menegay says…
    05/15/2013

    So cute :)

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  13. Ruth G says…
    05/15/2013

    Love the picture and the idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  14. Anne-Marie says…
    05/15/2013

    Oh good, someone else sounds like Pete, Pete and Repeat...

    Where are your glasses?
    Do you have your retainer in?
    Please take your dishes to the kitchen.
    Let's get our laundry IN the basket.
    Have you taken care of your guinea pigs?
    Have you brushed your teeth?

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  15. young c says…
    05/15/2013

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. susan garner says…
    05/15/2013

    Ha Ha. I still have grown up sons living with me and I still have to say some of those things !

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  17. Laurie says…
    05/15/2013

    So glad I'm not the only one who says, "Stop. Just stop."

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    1. SarahG says…
      05/17/2013

      DEFINITELY not the only one!!

  18. Jean Marmo says…
    05/15/2013

    Yes - still repeating those to the 24 and 29 year olds!

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  19. andrea says…
    05/15/2013

    LOVE THIS. I can see tying this into A Day In The Life. Different things I have to say throughout the day.

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  20. jennie says…
    05/15/2013

    stop, just stop frequently crosses my lips as well.

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  21. Tarren says…
    05/15/2013

    Hi Ali! Thank you for this post. I currently have a 4 (almost 5 year old in July) and a 3 year old. I myself am saying quite a few of those words myself...

    Just a minute

    I'll be right there

    Just stop (this one in particular I am saying a lot! They have seemed to hit the sibling rivalry and tattle-talling stage--at least my 4 year old. My 3 year old son has speech problems and also can't hear only for some mumbling, so he is tattling yet, but he has surgery next week, so as soon as he starts talking, I'm sure it is coming.)

    Wait, Please (This one too, especially right after walking through the door of getting kids off the bus--they are in headstart and a special needs pre-k, and this is the most overused saying as they come in and are antsy for an afternoon snack and they try to raid the cupboards before I can even get their backpacks unloaded and jackets hung back up.)

    I love you.

    Good night, I love you. (Said repeatedly at bed time when my daughter just wants to talk on and on and on and on and on at bedtime to just not go to bed!)

    I just wanted to say thank you for letting me know I am not alone in saying some of these things, and that although all I ever wanted in life was to be a mother, it is very trying and very difficult most days and very, very tiring right now. So it's nice to know that others out there are living the everyday human life as well, and not just trying to be supermom! Thanks for leveling with us!

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  22. dawn says…
    05/16/2013

    LOVE THIS ALI!! Think a lot of us have to use these words daily too! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  23. carol says…
    05/16/2013

    brings a day in the life to a whole new perspective. Thanks so much for inspiring me to journal!

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  24. Silvia says…
    05/16/2013

    This is me, every day ... i think it must be the having an 8 and a 4 year old, not that different to yours in age ! I loved this, thank you for sharing. x

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  25. Kimberly Kalil says…
    05/16/2013

    There is so much beauty in recording the words we use all the time. Things will change and so will our words ... and without recording them, they will be lost. I love this. Thank you for the inspiration.

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