Those are the pair of words I say the most often. I probably say them twenty times a day...or more. As a response to "Mom, can you come see my picture?" while I'm elbow deep in the dishes. Or after "Gimme" as a retort to "Mooom, where are my scissors?" Or slotted behind "I need" when the call "Moooooooom, are you ready yet?" comes sliding under the bathroom door.
For a while, when Kiddo was younger, it was an easy one to use to give me time. She knew that after I said it, she'd have to wait. Fast-forward to her now-seven-year-old self. She's not as amenable to the vagueness in the way I use two seconds. Recently, she's begun counting, "One....two..." and announcing that my time is up. Which, of course, she's right.
What does a mom do when her usual Momism go-to no longer works on her kiddo? The mom has a few options. First, change up the Momism. "Gimme five minutes" could be used, though negotiations could ensue to have a shorter amount of time, which defeats the purpose. Second, she could inform the child that it is two seconds in a "loose" sense, which could lead to the child then picking up a habit of being "loose" with statements or time management skills...a slippery slope to unforeseen ramifications.
Or third, she switches to another Momism all together. Which is what I've been attempting to do. But I didn't know which one to switch to...so I got a Magic Eight Ball and gave it to her. When she calls, "Mommmmmm, can you come here to see the kitty wedding?" while I am in the middle of writing a post, I ask her to check the Magic Eight Ball. "My sources say No" and "Reply is hazy, try again later" seem to pop up a lot.
What are your go-to Momisms? Which do you find saying most often?