1. Victoria says...

    Hahahaha
    Absolutely right!

  2. Sarah says...

    Love this. Showed my 8 year old- who also loved it- and he said, “Whoever wrote this, thank you a lot!”

  3. h says...

    “i don’t think so”.
    “Mommy, can you think so?”
    How could I say no to that?

    • Amber J says...

      Oh this one is so great!

    • Neela says...

      Cute!

  4. ErikaMC says...

    3 year old: Can I watch a movie?
    Me: -thinking, thinking, thinking-
    3 year old: Say ‘sure’ mom.

    • Hanh says...

      Mine asked if he could eat ice cream.

      I said “sure”
      He said “ yay. good job mommy!”

      :)

    • Clare Aitken says...

      Snap!
      3yo: Can I watch Fireman Sam, Mummy? Is that a good idea?
      Me: …er…
      3yo: You would be such a hero!

      Kid’s already located all my emotional levers!

  5. Maya says...

    LMAO

  6. miss agnes says...

    LOL, this is so true..my favorite is: we’ll talk about it. Which rarely happens ;-)

  7. T says...

    See, my maybes usually mean ‘yes, but I need to think about it or ask your dad if he agrees’. Or ‘yes, but let me hope to heaven that you forget about this dumb thing and move on to the next dumb thing’.

    • Roxana says...

      Ha! I do this exact same thing, and think this exact same way. Also, I want my “maybe” to actually mean “maybe” (or “no?”), but it doesn’t. Maybe some day it will ;).

  8. Andrea says...

    When you are X years old—also no.

  9. Amanda says...

    Guilty! I also say, “I suppose” when I’m saying yes reluctantly. My kids have started asking, “do you suppose, Mummy?”

    • FGB says...

      That’s adorable!

    • Neela says...

      So sweet!

  10. laura says...

    My mom would tell me “ask your dad” and my dad would tell me “ask your mom” and it was a constant, never-ending loop that I think I’m still stuck in.

  11. Katie says...

    Two I use all the time:
    “What a wonderful idea!” -> No.
    “That *would* be nice.” -> No.

    And the handiest this time of year:
    “Do you want to put it on your Christmas wish list?” -> We’re not buying that.

    And its cousin for the rest of the year:
    “Do you want to put it on your birthday wish list?” -> We’re not buying that.

    • Steph says...

      This is fantastic. 100% adopting.

    • Sarah says...

      Oh my gosh that is hilarious. Literally laughed out loud. All so perfect.

    • agnes says...

      ahahaha! Love it, I totally want to be your friend.

  12. MA says...

    Haha!!! Yep busted.

  13. Laura says...

    My 7-year-old has long caught onto me. If I say “sure” he will confirm “sure means yes?” And if I say “maybe” he often confirms “maybe yes, maybe no?” Just to make sure he wasn’t handed a “no” :)

  14. Anita says...

    Gosh, I really don’t find this funny. I actually find it a little bit disturbing in the context of consent, communication and boundaries. Maybe it is unfair of me to make this association but as I mother I want to communicate to my kids that if you mean no, say no, not maybe, I’ll see, or I will think about it. Perhaps some might think that this is good conditioning for the yes means yes mantra (to interpret anything but an explicit yes as a no) but I also think that girls (especially) need to be encouraged to be as assertive as possible in sexual situations and not fall back on passive responses because they are uncomfortable saying an outright no and resort to expressing their opposition as something more ambivalent.

    • Mo says...

      Wow. That sort of overthinking/analyzing seems exhausting.

    • Hanh says...

      I don’t know how I’d feel about it when my kids are teenagers. But at toddler age, I’d take distracting them from their raging demands over worrying about how they interpret yes/no responses any day of the week.

    • sally says...

      there’s always one lol

      …so this should be a good thing by your logic. anything but YES means no ;)

  15. Anna says...

    My four year old niece has started following every question with “yes or no”- “Will you take me to the park, yes or no?” “Can we make cookies, yes or no?”
    I think she’s caught on the the “we’ll see, maybe” facade.

  16. Anonygirl says...

    This made me laugh because my mother still does this and my brother and I are in our 30s.

  17. Meg says...

    Busted!

  18. Naomi says...

    Yes. 100%

  19. Lisa says...

    This is right on!

    • Shannon says...

      All of those things meant “yes” coming from my mom, and now from me to my children. Lol

      – Mom, can we go to McDonalds?
      – We’ll see.

      Everybody put your shoes on, we’re outta here! :)

  20. Claire says...

    When I heard the word “maybe” as a kid, my brain only heard “yes.”

    Constant struggle between child and parent:
    “But you said we could”
    “No, I said maybe”

  21. Neda says...

    Haha!! This is so spot on!! Mine have totally caught onto “we’ll see”….😆