Predictably (sic) I suppose you thought I was going to write about the little thingamajig that you hold in your hand and expect it to think ahead of you and insert words into messages! You got another thought coming up.


If there is one given in life, it is the conversations that go on between kids and their Mums!! The kids know exactly what their Mum is going to say in any given situation and the Mums are programmed to responding with ‘predictive text’ to common situations that besiege our humdrum lives and homes.

Here are some predictive texts that kids expect their Mums to say from Jenny

25 Things All Moms Say to Their Kids Sooner or Later

Jenny Isenman

May 28, 2013 at 2:29 PMLOL

The Illogical:

Don’t look at me with those eyes.

Children are to be seen, not heard.

If you keep making that face, it’ll freeze that way.

If you want to act like a child, I’ll treat you like one.

Quiet down, I can’t even hear myself think.

One day you’ll thank me.

Because I said so, that’s why!
The Logical:

As long as you’re under my roof, you live by my rules.

God gave you a brain, use it.

Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer.

The Sarcastic:

Are your legs broken?

If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?

Oh, Jen’s mom lets her do (Blank), fine, go live with Jen’s mom … I’ll help you pack.

Shut the door, were you born in a barn?

Your room looks like a cyclone ran through it.

Talking to you is like talking to a brick wall.

Let’s play the quiet game

Someone better be bleeding.

Where are your manners — were you raised by wolves?

The Threatening:

I’m not asking, I’m telling.

When you have kids, I hope they’re just like you.

Don’t you use that tone with me Mister/Missy.

Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.

You better wipe that look off your face.

Don’t make me: tell you again / come back there / turn this car around, et al.”

Another ‘predictive text’ that we never ever stop using as parents…whatever our age…and to our kids ‘whatever their age’ is “I TOLD YOU SO”! This can be used in any situation from marriage, running a home, employing/handling househelp, finding the right school, extra curricular activities, eating habits, dating situations, travelling disasters, buying anything from a brand of biscuits to a condominium or bungalow, taking insurance, financial matters (especially when the stock market crashes)…and the list is endless.

We cannot exist without this wonderful idea called ‘predictive text’ can we?

To check out what the other bloggers in our LBC group choose to present on this topic that I suggested when I was sending a message from my cell do visit Ashok, gaelikaa, Lin, Maxi, Shackman and The Old Fossil.
Our new members are Pravin who blogs at Holly blogs at

About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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6 Responses to PREDICTIVE TEXT

  1. Grannymar says:

    My Granny had a beauty for when we fell over as young children: “Aw, Did you fall over? Come over here to me and I will give you a hug!”


  2. rummuser says:

    Your brain works in different ways than the brains of the rest of us mortals. Brilliant all over again and no surprises because, you have two of the greatest non predictive texters in your grand daughters.


  3. Maxi says:

    In today’s world we hear the word text and automatically think cell phone. Good one,
    blessings ~ maxi


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