Wise words your parents told you

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Puritan Board Sophomore
Because I am your father and I said so. That's the only reason I need.

You better stop your crying before I give you something to really cry about.

Don't you know that there are starving children in Ethiopia who would love to eat that spinach?

You are who you hang with.

You're not going anywhere, doing anything, or watching any tv until you finish your homework.

Anytime you think you are man enough, take your best shot, son. But I warn you. If you ever hit me, you better knock me out or kill me.

So, you're running away, eh son? Well, if you walk out that door, don't come back. We are changing the locks. This is not a revolving door.

I think all of these sayings were great and helped make me the wonderful person I am today.


Puritan Board Sophomore
Eddie . . . that's probably my mom's most-said phrase, too!

When we were little, my dad used to always say "mess around and you get hurt" - especially after we'd gotten hurt rough-housing.


Puritan Board Doctor
Rev. Kok,

"Pas op!" was also a favorite with the grandparents, as was "Tinker om, jongen..."


Puritan Board Sophomore
I used to get that one all the time (from my mother). I'd always think, "Fine! Pack it all up and send it to them, then!"
I actually had the nerve to offer a 25 cent stamp so mom could mail it to them. I thought I was being compassionate. Mom thought I was being a smart aleck. She was probably right after further reflection.


Puritan Board Freshman
Just remembered my stepdad's favorite...

"This isn't a democracy; it's a dictatorship"
I remember saying that to my son once - I also mentioned the fact that I was the dictator, not my then ~8 year old son. I thought my dad was going to fall over laughing - I'm sure he had been waiting for years for a comment like that to come out of my mouth (and despaired of ever actually hearing it).

My father-in-law (a hillbilly from West Virginia) used to say regarding children, "Doggone snipies, you ought to smack them every time you see them because sure as shooting if they aren't coming out of trouble they're going into it."



Puritan Board Freshman
Dagmire (or "My Name Is Davis"),

Hey, I didn't mean any offense...I just didn't understand what you meant that your dad "taught" you to spend more time with your children by...dying?

You sounded sarcastic, brother. And I know sarcasm...but where's the forgiveness?

I remember one of my friends telling me that the biggest thing he learned from his dad was how NOT to be as a dad. I think that's sad.

So...tell me a few things about your dad that you remember that were good...if you're willing...:handshake:

It wasn't so much sarcasm as it was the pain of a destroyed life seeping into my words. The Lord is mending me, but it is taking time. I know His timing is good, though.

And what about my words is unforgiving? His death ruined me. I don't blame him for it. I don't remember him teaching me much, but I was only a boy when he was alive. If the Lord blesses me with children, then I want to devote myself to them as much as I can. I want to teach them to walk in the Lord's ways and make them absolutely sure of how much I love them. I hardly think that's a bad thing to take a way from a bad experience. I know that wanting to do it and actually doing it are two different things, though.

I don't remember much about my dad. He was a pastor for a year or two before my birth until his death. He was considered a faithful and zealous Christian and a competent teacher.

Well, I've been sitting here for about 10 minutes and I can't really think of anything to write about him. I just remember solitary events. I remember looking at a map and him being there and I saw the country Niger and I pronounced it like the racial slur and he told me never to say that word.

Another 10 minutes has gone by. I give up. It's upsetting to me that I can't remember a significant amount of anything about that man. Oh well.


Puritan Board Doctor
Originally Posted by kvanlaan
Rev. Kok,

"Pas op!" was also a favorite with the grandparents, as was "Tinker om, jongen..."
You gotta translate,
...or were they charismatic?
Nope, they were Dutch. The first one is (roughly) "look out!" The second, "You better watch yourself, boy..."

Richard King

Puritan Board Senior
I have some dear friends who lurk secretly and occassionally on the PB.
The husband is a Baptist Preacher's boy. They sent me these sayings from their parents.

My dad said:

Your reputation will follow you everywhere you go,
Unless it's a bad reputation and then it'll beat you there.

We always told our kids:

Run with horse thieves, Hang with horse thieves.

I also told them alot:

You can always get want you want.....but if you try sometimes, you just might find...you get what you need.

Cloyce's dad had a whole list (hundreds of things) that he remembered his dad saying:

One I really liked was:

They'll put you so far in jail, they'll have to shoot you biscuits with a slingshot.

Another I always said was:

"Poof"----which meant go away quickly. If they didn't I would whisper in their ear telling them, "Make Mama's Magic work......Poof!

Kristine with a K

Puritan Board Freshman
Mom's advice to me was (is): "Just do your best." For a perfectionist, that's a hard pill to swallow. Sometimes my best isn't perfection. :banghead:

"What goes around, comes around." (This was usually told to me after I'd intentionally annoyed one of my big sisters. And believe me, it's still comin' 'round.)

Bad advice I got from a relative, "Don't get too close to a moving train; bullets shoot out and you'll get shot and die." Hm. A simple "Don't get too close to a moving train or you'll get spanked" would have been quite sufficient. :blah:


Puritan Board Freshman
His death ruined me.
I read this on Saturday night, Davis, and it reminded me of you:
"All things work together for good." This must be so for three reasons.

First, because all things are under the absolute control of the Governor of the universe.
Second, because God desires our (His children's) good, and nothing but our good.
Third, because even Satan himself cannot touch a hair of our heads without God's permission, and then only for our further good.

Not all things are good in themselves, nor in their tendencies; but God makes all things work for our good. Nothing enters our life by blind chance; nor are there any accidents. Everything is being moved by God, with this end in view, our good.

Everything being subservient to God's eternal purpose, works blessing to those marked out for conformity to the miage of the Firstborn. All suffering, sorrow, loss, are used by our Father to minister to the benefit of His elect.

from AW Pink, Comfort for Christians, boldface mine.

All the best to you, brother.


Puritan Board Senior
My mum's best advice to me, when I told her I was in love with a single mother 8 years my senior...

'Only two things matter. Does she love the Lord, and does she love you?'

She did, and she did.



My Dad often said, "Can't isn't in our vocabulary."

I saw him do some pretty amazing things on the farm.


Puritan Board Freshman
My Dad often said, "Can't isn't in our vocabulary."
A friend at church told me his dad always said, "Can't lives on Won't Street," and we say that to our kids who tend, sadly, toward being quitters.


Puritan Board Freshman
Dad: Save 10 cents of ever dollar you make. I now own a house and two cars with no debt.
Don't get her in trouble (our sex talk)
Mom: never draw to an inside straight
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