Most annoying phrases used by children revealed in poll
209551270“I’m bored“, “Why?” and “Are we nearly there yet?” have topped a list of phrases used by children that most irritate their parents. A study carried out among 3,000 families also revealed “It’s not fair”, “Do I have to?” and “It wasn’t me” are sure to drive mothers and fathers mad. The poll was conducted by www.MumPoll.com, a market research website for mums. Spokeswoman Emma Elsworthy said: “Despite being adorable 99 per cent of the time, our children do have the ability to be really annoying sometimes, especially when they question absolutely everything. Children are naturally curious, and often their retorts aren’t because they are naughty, but because they want to push the boundaries to see what they can get away with.
However, when you are stuck in a traffic jam and your child says they are bored, or if you are conducting the weekly food shop and your child announces they hate you – it’s really hard not to bite back.
A parent’s life would be made so much easier if the kids always did as they were told, rather than questioning why or how, but it would also be far more boring.
Half of the UK’s parents agreed the words “I’m bored” filled them with dread, as they’re usually followed by hours of whingeing and moaning.And the study – which revealed the top 20 most annoying things kids say – showed 37 per cent of mums and dads can’t bear to hear “Why?”. Despite giving a coherent and factual answer to most of their child’s questions, the word is often repeated over and over and over again. And “Are we nearly there yet?” is a bugbear parents can look forward to hearing on any car journey which exceeds 10 minutes.
“It’s not fair!” is an expression which will crop up time and time again for 30 per cent of patient parents.
And the classic “Do I have to?” when asked anything from ‘please tidy up your toys’ to ‘eat your dinner’ is the fifth most annoying thing uttered by a child.
The study shows ‘It wasn’t me’ is another line children use to irritate their parents, usually when they are claiming they aren’t responsible for damaging, spilling or hurting something or someone.
In fact, feigning innocence is a common theme throughout the top 20 list of the most annoying things children say, as they blame siblings or friends for their bad behaviour.
One in five children often says ‘he or she hit me’, while 18 per cent frequently use the words ‘he or she started it’.
And on occasions, children can even be hurtful towards their parents if they are trying to exert their opinion or authority on a subject. Questions such as ‘Can I have?’, ‘What?’ and ‘Can you do it?’ also appear in the top 20 list of most annoying things children say.
Emma Elsworthy added: “There is no doubt that raising children is a challenge from day one, but any parent who can put up with being on the receiving end of up to 20 questions or retorts a day without snapping can afford to give themselves a good pat on the back.”
Top 20 Most Annoying Kids’ Sayings
1. I’m bored
3. Are we nearly there yet?
4. It’s not fair!
5. Do I have to?
6. It wasn’t me
7. Can I have…?
8. In a minute
9. I hate you
10. He / she hit me11. I don’t want to go to bed
12. He / she started it
13. I’m hungry
14. You never let me do anything
15. What?16. I don’t like it
17. I want this
18. Can you do it?
19. I can’t do it
20. But you said…