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    29 Go-To Catchphrases That Parents Have Been Using That Sound Silly But Are Actually Incredibly Wise

    "Go pee up a tree!"

    Parents say the darndest things. Like superheroes or sitcom characters, they all come with their own favorite sayings and catchphrases.

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    We recently shared a Reddit thread chock-full of hilarious and adorable mom catchphrases. We then asked the BuzzFeed Community for even more iconic parent catchphrases, and were overwhelmed by the amazing results. Here are some more parent catchphrases you'll want to steal:

    1. "You can go to Disneyland, but you don't have to take Goofy home."

    Pop TV

    "This is my mom's advice on dating."


    2. "No hanky panky and no stinky pinky!"


    "My mom used to tell me when I was in high school and would go out. It used to gross me out, but now it makes me laugh."


    3. “A hard head makes a soft ass."

    Bow Johnson lecturing

    "This is what my mom would say whenever I wouldn't listen."


    4. "Tough bunny butts!"

    Beverly Goldberg holding wine and covering her heart

    "This was my mom's go-to response for most things."


    5. "Wish in one hand and shit in the other. See which one fills up faster."

    Whispering Linda Belcher

    6. “Go pee up a tree.”

    winking Lucille Bluth

    "My grandma's more dignified version of 'fuck you.' Loved her. She was chock-full of country idioms."


    7. "Does the Pope shit in the woods?"

    Smiling Ron Swanson

    "My dad accidentally combined 'Is the Pope Catholic?' with 'Does a bear shit in the woods?' and now we say it all the time."


    8. "Do I look like Boo Boo the Fool to you?"

    Peg Bundy looking skeptical

    9. "Why don’t you stick your foot in the gravy and see if that's what you want.”

    Annoyed Debra Barone

    "This is what my mom would say if one of us was being picky. Now we say it for whenever someone is being whiny and choosy."


    10. “Don’t have any more problems tomorrow than you have today.”

    Nervous Bob Belcher

    "When one of us would leave on a date, my dad would say to this to the young man taking us. He felt that it would cover whatever they were thinking."


    11. "Use the brain you were born with!"

    Stressed Claire Dunphy

    12. “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do, and if you do, name it after me."

    Uncle Jesse talking

    "My dad always says this."


    13. "You can't get younger, but you can get blonder."

    Sophia from Golden Girls

    "My mom's advice on aging."


    14. “Damn, shit, hell.”

    Jamie Lee Curtis in Freaky Friday
    Walt Disney Pictures

    "In that order. My mom says it whenever something goes wrong or something bad happens. My grandma said it. My mom says it. I say it. And, now my kids have started to say it."


    15. "Good! It means you have a head."

    Smiling Lorelai Gilmore
    The WB

    "Said whenever I have a headache. Can’t argue with that."


    16. "If it had teeth, it would’ve bitten ya."

    Yelling Gloria from Modern Family

    "If my mom finds something I was looking for and it wasn’t hard to find, she says this."


    17. “I’ve taught you everything you know, just not everything I know."

    Ross pointing to his head


    18. "Use your head for more than a hat rack."

    Rochelle Rock looking skeptical
    The CW

    "My mom's go-to when we wouldn't use our brains for something."


    19. "You're so full of shit that if I gave you an enema, you'd disappear."

    Angry Lois Wilkerson

    20. “Patience, my little whippersnapper!”

    Skeptical Aunt Vivian

    "It was my mom's way of telling me to slow down and wait, and that things happen in due time. Used to annoy me as a kid, but now it makes me smile, and I’ve used the phrase a few times myself."


    21. “People think their shit don’t stink, but their farts give them away."

    talking Phil Dunphy

    "This is what my dad would tell me when I'd complain about the mean girls in junior high and high school."


    22. “Home again, home again. Jiggity jig.”

    Betty White
    Touchstone Pictures

    "This is what my grandma would say every time we pulled into the driveway."


    23. “Up your nose with a rubber hose."

    giggling Maggie Clarke from Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

    "My mom said it every time my sister or I would ask where something was. Highlight of my childhood."


    24. "Drive fast, take chances."

    Dre Johnson laughing

    "My step-dad (RIP) would always say this when I’d leave the house with anyone. It always caught people off guard and it ALWAYS made me laugh."


    25. “You might be a pain, but you’re not made of glass.”

    Dancing and laughing Marge Simpson

    "Whenever someone stood in front of the TV."


    26. “What’s that got to do with the price of tomatoes?”

    Confused Carol Brady

    "My mom go-to phrase whenever I said something that was irrelevant to a conversation." 


    27. "Sit on your thumb and let your feet hang over."

    Excited Mrs. Incredible
    Walt Disney Pictures

    "My mom's go-to when we were bored."


    28. "Run from the serial killer!"

    Lucy Ricardo with her tongue out

    "My mom yells it at all of my track meets. She even made signs. Gotta love her though."


    29. Finally: “The world would be very boring if we were all the same.”

    Smiling Fran Fine

    "It really taught me to accept everyone’s differences and not judge anyone. My mom died four years ago at 60 and this really made me miss her. She was a total character!"


    Do you have a family member with a fun catchphrase? Tell us in the comments!

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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