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

  3. 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. Kayleigh - Mini Human Resources Reply

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

  6. 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

  7. 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

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

  9. 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

  10. Tracy Nixon Reply

    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!

  11. 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

  12. Hayley Colburn Reply

    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

  13. Lucy Barlow @JazzRecluse Reply

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

  14. Sarah Roberts Reply

    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!!

  15. Holly Giles Reply

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

  16. Charlene Merrall Reply

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

  17. Angelina Sewell Reply

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

  18. 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.

  19. Shaun Heathcote Reply

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

  20. 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.’

  21. Lorna Ledger Reply

    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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. Keri Jones Reply

    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!

  25. justine meyer Reply

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

  26. Danielle Mckie Reply

    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!

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

  28. Rosemary Tily Reply

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

  29. Rachael Simmons Reply

    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

  30. Kelly Hirst Reply

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

  31. Claire glace Reply

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

  32. Yolanda Davis Reply

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

  33. Katy Malkin Reply

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

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

  35. Andi Gurney Reply

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

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


    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

  38. 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 🙂

  39. sheri Darby Reply

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

  40. Jeanette Leighton Reply

    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 ?

  41. Helen Swales Reply

    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

  42. Natalie Crossan Reply

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


    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

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