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10 Common Phrases Which Indian Parents Say

Indian parents most often use certain phrases while raising their children in order to teach values. Check out the common phrases used by Indian parents and find out if you are also one of them.


There are typical phrases used only by the Indian parents during the most difficult journey of raising their kids. They are ridiculous, outrageous, and are used almost every day. Let us have a look at the 10 most common phrases they use.


1. Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees


This phrase is common when an unreasonable demand is made. Indian parents do not leave a chance to explain their children how each penny is hard earned. They also expect their children to start earning and then realise the worth of money, otherwise “I cannot buy all these; money doesn’t grow on trees!”


2. It Was Not Like This During Our Time


When children explicit bad behaviour or disobey for something, Indian parents start iterating that it was not the same during their time. They got gifts only on special occasions. Now they are giving everything to the children, so the latter have no value for the things, and misbehaving whenever they feel like.


3. You Will Realise When You Will Have Your Own Kids


The kids want to go for a trip with friends – parents are not allowing them; children did not pick the call up many times – parents are highly worried! Ask why? The only answer: “You will realise when you will have your own kids and they would do the same to you.”


4. I Never Questioned My Elders


Indian parents follow all possible superstitions for the goodwill of their family. They even expect their kids to follow the same, and if the kids ask the reason, the parents say: “I never questioned my elders why do we do this, so you better not ask and do what I say!”


5. You Will Realise When You Grow Up


This is a very common phrase use against the uncomfortable questions for which the parents have no valid or logical answers or they are not willing to answer. Kids ask, “Why you did so?” Parents answer, “Do not be rude! You will realise when you grow up!”


6. Because I Am Your Mother/Father


This is a showstopper phrase. Every conversation, every discussion, every argument ends with this famous phrase by the Indian parents. This is also used for some orders issued to the children. When the parents have no plausible answer, then they say: “Because I am your parent” or “Because I said so.”


7. How Many Times Do I Have to Repeat?


Sometimes kids can be really irritating. Parents have to tell their kids to finish a chore, whether it is household or homework or any other order, over and over again. It gets really tedious, and the Indian parents cannot stop yelling, “How many times do I have to ask for this?”


8. Watching Too Much TV Will Cause Blindness


Watching too much TV can cause fatigue of the eye muscles, but does not lead to blindness. But Indian parents assume the worst, so this is another common phrase when they find their kids staring at the TV, “Stop watching TV; you have to wear black glasses”.


9. Finish Your Meal; There Are Hungry Kids in the World


Kids cannot waste a single grain of rice on their plate, otherwise their parents will remind them immediately, “There are kids starving in the world; you are getting the food easily, so you don’t know how to value. Finish your meal.”


10. Meaning of Music Lies in Our Generation


The parents from the generation of Asha, Lata, Kishore, M. Rafi, Mukesh, etc. cannot adapt the songs of Yo Yo Honey Singh and the contemporaries. Whenever their kids tune into their favourite music channels, the parents scream: “Turn the volume down! What rotten lyrics! Mostly no lyrics, only loud beats!”

Every kid grown up in an Indian household are very much familiar with these phrases as they are used so often by their parents. The phrases have been passed down like a tradition from generation to generation.


Why do some Indian parents think they are always right? How do Indian parents react to misbehaviour of kids? How does phrases used by parents affects kids? Discuss here.

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