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May 15, 2013

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.


  • 1.
    Rina said…

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

  • 2.
    Jo-Anne from ZA said…

    Sounds familiar:-)

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

    Have a fab day!

    • ….
      Els said…

      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 said…

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

  • 4.
    April said…

    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!

  • 5.
    Angie said…

    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!!

  • 6.
    Jenny A said…

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

  • 7.
    Rosa Nissenbaum said…

    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!

  • 8.
    Paula said…

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

  • 9.
    Randa said…

    Great idea! A must do :)

  • 10.
    Sara said…

    Stop. Just stop.

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

  • 11.
    Gaele said…

    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.

  • 12.
    Angie Menegay said…

    So cute :)

  • 13.
    Ruth G said…

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

  • 14.
    Anne-Marie said…

    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?

  • 15.
    young c said…

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • 16.
    susan garner said…

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

  • 17.
    Laurie said…

    So glad I’m not the only one who says, “Stop. Just stop.”

    • ….
      SarahG said…

      DEFINITELY not the only one!!

  • 18.
    Jean Marmo said…

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

  • 19.
    andrea said…

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

  • 20.
    jennie said…

    stop, just stop frequently crosses my lips as well.

  • 21.
    Tarren said…

    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!

  • 22.
    dawn said…

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

  • 23.
    carol said…

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

  • 24.
    Silvia said…

    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

  • 25.
    Kimberly Kalil said…

    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.

  • 26.
    liz said…


  • 27.
    Ellie Augustin said…

    Ha Love this! I have a “Words” for my oldest (14) that I say EVERYDAY actually I just said them to him (first half) as he was about to leave for school….Do you have your ID, Do you have your phone, aren’t you gonna grab something for breakfast,Do you have your Spanish Book. I love you. Be Good… Then I have my Littles who has their own lists as well but it’s usually different w/the days but for my oldest it’s on repeat ha..

  • 28.
    Elaine Bieman said…

    love that picture. Now just where did you get those sunglasses?

    • ….
      Ali said…


  • 29.
    Kelsey McEvoy said…

    Ahhh, what an awesome idea of such everyday moments to document. Totally stealing this concept — thanks for the inspiration :)

  • 30.
    Sandy Camacho said…

    I’m loving these prompt ideas Ali! Thank you! Such an easy way to document things you don’t want to forget! :)

  • 31.
    Liz Kartchner said…

    I swear I say the exact same things everyday! how funny.

  • 32.
    Melinda said…

    I do this one every November (just ’cause that’s when I did the first one) – it’s interesting to see how the list both changes AND stays the same year on year :)

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