Listen to Your Mama and Buy These Promotional Items

10 things your Mom used to say to you when you were a child

Moms. They have a maternal instinct that most Dads simply don’t have when it comes to taking care of their children. You most likely remember so many lessons your Mom taught you. In fact, there are probably quite a few phrases your Mother repeated over and over while raising you.

Below, we’ve compiled the top 10 things Moms said to their kids in the 80’s and 90’s. We’ve also included corresponding promotional items to go along with them. This shows that you should listen to your Mama and buy these promotional products. 

Top 10 Things Your Mom Said To You When You Were A Child

1. Eat your veggies

Eat Your Vegetables

Boy was your Mom right on this one. Vegetables provide the nutrients our bodies need to keep us healthy. They are also HUGE in preventing cancer and many other dreaded diseases. Knowing your Mom was so right about this one, why not reinforce that knowledge by giving out custom cutting boards to your clients. That way, they can use these handy items to cut up their vegetables. You are promoting healthy eating AND your brand at the same time.

Recommended Promos: Cutting Boards, Kitchen Knife Sets, Measuring Cups

2. Don’t stay up too late

Don't Stay Up Too Late

You likely heard this one from your Mom WAY too many times. Whether you had a friend spending the night or you were up talking to your friends on the phone, you probably stayed up late way too many times.  Sleep is vital in keeping our immune system healthy as well as for proper growth and development in children. For adults, sleep deprivation has links to inability to handle stress and cancer. Mom was right again.

Recommended Promos: Eye Masks, Sleep (Activity) Tracker

3. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all

Now here’s lesson we all wish more people would have learned as a child. Tearing others down has no benefit, so it’s better to say nothing at all. Maybe try the opposite approach and start building people up with your words. Your Mom only wanted you to grow up to be a decent person. If you still have trouble with this one, journals are a great promotional item that will help you keep your thoughts to yourself, rather than saying them.

Recommended Promos: Journals (write down your frustrations instead of speaking them).

4. It’s no use crying over spilt milk

Don't cry over spilled milk

You probably heard not only your Mom say this to you, but also your Grandmother. This expression has been around for centuries, dating all the way back to 1659. The meaning behind the phrase is to not get upset when things happen because it won’t change the situation. Instead of getting mad, figure out a solution.

Recommended Promos: Beach Towels (for really big spills) or Rally Towels (for smaller spills)

5. Running away? I’ll help you pack

Running away? I'll help you pack.

Chances are you threatened to run away as a kid, but it was only a “threat.” However, your Mom called your bluff and knew you weren’t really going to run away.  If you were serious, a good backpack or duffel bag would have been needed, right?

Recommended Promos: Duffel Bags, Backpacks, Drawstring Bags

6. Say that again and I’ll wash your mouth out with soap

Wash mouth out with soap

Your mom taught you to not say bad words. If you did, she may have threatened you with washing your mouth out with soap. No kid wants that, so that veiled threat works almost every time!

Recommended Promos: Bar Soap

7. Turn that racket (music) down!

Turn that racket (music) down!

Teens love music and they love it loud! However, the musical preferences of parents and their children are rarely the same. Therefore, you were probably told an exuberant number of times to turn your music down! Back in the day, we had cheap, low quality headphones for our walkmans so we used loud, external speakers. Luckily today, even the low-cost earbuds and headphones are good quality and teens can listen to their “racket” without disturbing the rest of the household.

Recommended Promos: Headphones, Earbuds

8. Don’t go out with a wet head, you’ll catch cold

Don't go out with a wet head, you'll catch a cold

Mom never wanted us outside when it was cold and wet. She was certain we’d catch a cold. Often when we didn’t heed her advice, we did get sick. But sometimes you must go outside when it is cold and raining, so you have to have the right gear.

Recommended Promos: Umbrellas, Ear Warmers, Beanies, Scarves

9. Did you brush your teeth?

Did you brush your teeth?

I’m not sure why it’s such a battle for Moms to get their kids to brush their teeth, but it is. It always has been, and it will likely always be that way. Even the development of cartoon-themed toothbrushes hasn’t helped.

Recommended Promos: Toothbrushes

10. Don’t cross your eyes or they’ll freeze that way

Cross Eyed

Every kids does it. Maybe they do it only to annoy their Mother. Every mother says it, so maybe there’s a grain of truth to it. Just maybe your eyes will get stuck.

Recommended Promos: Sunglasses (just in case Mom was right and your eyes do stick that way)

As you can see, your Mama knows best. Chances are, you’ll be saying some of the same expressions to your kids. Therefore, have the right items to help you cope with the stresses of parenthood.

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Patrick Black
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Patrick Black, MAS, is the founder of Perfectimprints.com and has been in the promotional products industry helping businesses and organizations since 1999. When not geeking out over the newest and greatest promotional items, you can find him paddleboarding at the beach or hanging out by the pool with his wife, three kids, and his basset hound in Fort Walton Beach, FL.