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What These 10 Classic Parenting Phrases Really Mean

We've all heard them. Those annoying phrases that our parents said to us growing up and now that we're parents ourselves, we've decided to inflict them our own kids. The reality is that the true meanings behind these messages that parents tell their kids are often not as straightforward as they appear to be. Following are the top 10 phrases that parents use on their kids, and what they really mean.

Kids Are Not Bananas

For years, I thought my kids were like bananas -- one emotional bruise and the whole thing's ruined. Until finally, a snow boot was thrown at my head one time too many, and everything but the F-bomb came shooting out of my mouth "I can't stand it! You're driving me crazy!!!"