Debunking Your Mum

Happy Belated Mothers Day. We spent Mothers Day at Center Parcs where my morning started with cards and breakfast, before heading to the Spa for a massage and some me time. It was complete bliss. The rest of our day we spent in the pool I have never seen two children so excited to be in the water. It was a lovely day, just the four of us. Mothers Day got me thinking about some of those things my mum use to say to me when I was a child and those that I now say to mine. Such as ‘If you pick your nose your brain will fall out’… The joys of motherhood with two boys!

For a bit of fun I thought I would share with you an infographic which Buyagift have recently released called Debunking Your Mum. It made me laugh out loud when I read it. I also have to secretly admit that I have said some of these to Monkey over the last couple of years. Its a cheeky piece based around the scientific accuracy of the things mums say to their kids when they want them to do (or not do) something, like ‘eat your carrots – you’ll be able to see in the dark!’ Yes hands up I have used that one too!

Since we spent most of the time in the pool on Mothers Day I thought that number ten and number seven were particularly relevant. I have used number ten on several occasions with Monkey especially when he was a little younger. So much so that I caught him looking for something in the sea once. I initially thought it was a toy or a stone. When I asked him he told me he was looking for the water to change colour….

As for number seven, only reading this did I realise this is a load of rubbish. Literally its something we have lived by for as long as I can remember. Even when Monkey was a few months old and we started his swimming lessons I would make sure that there was at least an hour between his last milk feed and his time in the pool. Often meaning that I would and sit in the changing room after and feed. At the weekend I made sure Monkey had plenty to eat at least an hour before we went in the pool. Isn’t it funny what you get told as a child and what sticks with you. I wonder what sayings my boys will remember when they are all grown up?

Have you used any of these with your little ones? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.


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  1. March 14, 2018 / 6:36 am

    Hi, what a lively way to spend Mother’s Day. I loved the Dunbunking Mum and wondered how many are the most commonly used. It certainly made me smile this morning #BloggerClubUK

  2. March 14, 2018 / 8:22 am

    Haha! Love all of those and yes, my mum used every single one of them! PS love Centre Parcs.

  3. March 14, 2018 / 9:03 am

    Hope you had a lovely day at Centre Parcs seems too cold for swimming but love that you guys had fun and a chance to relax x Debunking your mum made us chuckle too #bloggerclubuk x

  4. March 14, 2018 / 9:40 am

    Omg I have been convinced my whole life that that purple dye in swimming pools exists! I tell my kids this every time we go swimming!! #bloggerclubuk

  5. March 14, 2018 / 11:23 am

    Love all of those – I honestly thought the no swimming after eating thing as a genuine rule haha! #bloggerclubuk

  6. March 14, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    What a lovely way to spend Mother’s Day. It certainly made me smile. xx

  7. March 14, 2018 / 3:22 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely Mother’s Day. I love the infographic – made me laugh!

  8. March 14, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    Baaahhhhhhaaaa! I am dying! So funny. My mom told me the icecream man turned on the music when he ran out of icecream. Well played mom. Well played. #bloggerclubuk

  9. March 14, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I think my parents used every single one of those on me without exception. I don’t remember saying any of them but I will have to ask my kids and see what they say! #BloggerClubUK

  10. March 14, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    I had forgotten some of these particularly the apple pips one. Good to be reminded! #BloggerClubUK

  11. March 14, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    Ohhhh lucky you i love centre parcs and that spa! oh my! This post mad me laugh – id forgotten some of these! #Bloggerclubuk

  12. March 14, 2018 / 10:39 pm

    I can’t believe that if you shave your legs the hair DOESN’T grow back thicker. I’m 30 years old and still believed that from my Mothers childhood advice hahaha. #BloggerclubUK

  13. Tracy Nixon
    March 15, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    Love all these – funnily enough I can remember my mam telling me most of these things – and I say much of the same to my children now!

  14. March 15, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    A massage and the kids getting all of their energy out at the pool? That sounds fantastic!
    Hope you enjoyed every second of it!

  15. March 15, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    I’ve heard all these and more from my Mum, and now I’ve said a good few of them myself and when we go on holiday in July, I know I will say the swimming ones! Ahhh I’m turning into my mum! #BloggerClubUK

  16. Hayley Colburn
    March 15, 2018 / 10:51 pm

    As if I still believe most of them tales lol, I’m pretty sure my mum told me every single one of them, needless to say I use a few on my 3 now

  17. paula cheadle
    March 16, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    my Mum used to say most of these things to me too

  18. Lucy Barlow @JazzRecluse
    March 16, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    It’s not really a mum myth – but did anyone else’s mum ever say “Have a banana, it’ll “put you on” ?!

  19. Sarah Roberts
    March 17, 2018 / 12:45 am

    Loved reading these as my mom said all of those and the curly hair if you eat your crusts, good eyesight if you eat your carrots!!

  20. amy Fidler
    March 17, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    My mum use to say most of these x

  21. paula cheadle
    March 17, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    my Mum used to say most of these things to me

  22. Margaret Gallagher
    March 17, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    So poignant – brings back so many happy MEMORIES

  23. Holly Giles
    March 17, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    We are off to Center Parcs next month for our first family holiday, can’t wait!

  24. Charlene Merrall
    March 17, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    These are so funny! I still say a lot of them to my little girl haha

  25. Rich Tyler
    March 18, 2018 / 10:26 am

    How funny, mums eh

  26. Hannah Wallington
    March 18, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    You have to use these tales to get anything done!

  27. March 18, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    The tv one and carrots spring to mind #BloggerClubUK

  28. Angelina Sewell
    March 18, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    The carrots and TV myths were definitely part of my childhood tales!

  29. Jo
    March 19, 2018 / 8:44 am

    I think my mum said all of these and it used to drive me mad so I am actively trying to not say these things to my own children. No doubt, in a few years time, there will be a new version of this with things that we have come up with.

  30. Shaun Heathcote
    March 19, 2018 / 10:40 am

    i thoroughly enjoyed this post. I do like fact type info

  31. Susan B
    March 19, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    Those saying made me smile. I used to hear this one all the time: ‘Money doesn’t grow on trees’ and this one quite often, too: ‘The carpet will not clean itself.’

  32. Lorna Ledger
    March 19, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    Probably used most of them! One I should never have used was sleep tight don’t let the bed bugs bite, as it gave my daughter nightmares :(! xx

  33. March 19, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    These are great! My son only asked me this evening why people say your hair will curl if you eat your crusts. Don’t get me started on swimming pools…I have worked in leisure centres all my adult life and I could tell you all sorts of stories about peeing in pools!! #bloggerclubUK

  34. March 20, 2018 / 11:06 am

    It’s only since becoming a mum that I’ve started to think about those things my mum said that might not have been totally true, I’m starting to try and use them myself too

  35. Keri Jones
    March 23, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    Ahh this made me smile thinking of the things my Gran used to say to me. I haven’t used any of these on my son, yet!

  36. justine meyer
    March 25, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    I still use most of them today and any that I can make up myself x

  37. Danielle Mckie
    March 26, 2018 / 9:30 am

    The only one I’ve not heard of is the one with the frog. I will no doubt end up saying all of the rest at somepoint over the upcoming years though!

  38. Stevie
    March 26, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    If you tread on a worm it will rain.

  39. Viviane C
    March 27, 2018 / 11:00 am

    Center parcs sounds amazing! My mum definitely did and would still do no. 4 with me.

  40. Ruth Harwood
    March 29, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    As a mother, I understand those little white lies!!

  41. Rosemary Tily
    March 29, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    No 7 and No 9 were frequently used when I was a child. Eating burnt toast would make your hair curly was another!

  42. Rachael Simmons
    March 30, 2018 / 7:35 am

    This was so interesting! I always used to worry so much about swallowing chewing gum, to think it only lasts in your system as long as sweetcorn

  43. Kelly Hirst
    March 30, 2018 / 7:38 am

    I say so many of things and so did my mum! Although my hair went curly even though I never ate my crusts!

  44. Claire glace
    March 30, 2018 / 7:55 am

    How funny all the old sayings, they do bring back some memories, and when you are little you really believe them!

  45. Yolanda Davis
    March 30, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    oh my god. It sounds like me, and worse I sound like my mum

  46. Kirsty Fox
    March 30, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    This is so funny, I swear my mum said all of those.

  47. Katy Malkin
    March 31, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    Haha. As mums we do say some strange things t get our kids to comply!

  48. Lia Burns
    April 2, 2018 / 1:15 am

    My mum would always use these with me! I use the carrots make you see in the dark with my own kids x

  49. Robert Price
    April 2, 2018 / 3:21 am

    A lot of those sayings I still remember today

  50. Rich Tyler
    April 5, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    It clearly wasn’t just my mum! lol

  51. sandy ralph
    April 5, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    i remember my mum saying every single one of these

  52. Andi Gurney
    April 6, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    The only one i remember was not eating cheese before bed as it gives you nightmares

  53. Marzena Housego
    April 7, 2018 / 6:51 am

    My mum always told me all of those!

  54. C Parkin
    April 8, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    Yes, I have heard all these. No doubt I will spout similar nonsense to my kids!

    April 9, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    I think I have said all but one of these to my children over the years and now find myself saying them to my grandchildren

  56. April 11, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    Arrgh we pretty much heard all of these and more. We used to laugh at all these things and I never imagined myself turning into my mum but……slowly but surely these things are creeping in 🙂

  57. sheri Darby
    April 12, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    These were great fun to read. I wonder if we ever believed them all

  58. April 13, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    love your one about nose picking! will have to tell my son that. Glad you had a lovely mothers day at center parcs

  59. Diana
    April 13, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    love this 🙂 x

  60. Jeanette Leighton
    April 14, 2018 / 9:23 am

    My nan used to say eat your crust it will make your hair curly to my dad it never worked as his hair is naturally curly and he hated it …. My youngest 2 have beautiful curly hair also ?

  61. Helen Swales
    April 14, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    I remember most of these from my own childhood and #8 about not swallowing chewing gum; I still frighten myself if I swallow it by accident haha. As a mum myself though I do find myself saying the same things to my children; including if the wind changes your face will stay like that :O

  62. Natalie Crossan
    April 14, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    My Mum still swears by the shaving thing! And now I say it too!

    April 15, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    Told my grandson if he didn’t eat his crusts he wouldn’t have curly hair, he answered saying but I don’t want curly hair nanny

  64. Tee Simpson
    April 15, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    Haha. Love these. I tell my kids some if these??

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