Sayings Every Greek Mother Tells Her Children

  • by XpatAthens
  • Monday, 09 May 2022
Sayings Every Greek Mother Tells Her Children
Greek mothers get kind of “traditional” when it comes to their children, always repeating several cliché sayings that make children laugh while setting their teeth on edge.

The relationship between a son or a daughter and a Greek mother is something that goes beyond imagination! Is it because of the social circumstances of Greek society? Is it the climate? The special temperament of Greeks? Who knows.

The point is, without the legendary, iconic ‘Greek mother,’ Greeks would simply be completely different people. And, as we can imagine, this special relationship comes with some special ways of communication—certain sayings that only a Greek mother says to her children regardless of how old the son or daughter is or whether or not they’ve heard it all a million times before.

1. “If you do/say this again I’ll have a heart attack!” 

– Because guilt is best used by Greek mothers…

2. “There is no ‘why’! It’s because I said so.”

– She’s right, she’s your mother…

3. “You’re like your father.”

– He’s to blame for everything bad that happens, including a possible alien invasion.

4. “Do you know what time you came home last night?”

– Of course, your Greek mother sure does!

5. “Won’t you become a father/mother one day? I hope your children will do to you the same things you’ve done to me.”

– Family justice must be served…

6. “Stop walking barefoot on the floor or you’ll get a cold.”

– Every Greek mother has graduated from med school and everyone in the house knows that. 

7. “Take a coat or you’ll fall sick.”

– Even if it’s mid-summer outside, a sudden snowstorm could always be around the corner. You never know! 

8. “Eat something! All that is left of you is skin and bones.”

– A Greek mother’s sense of perception, however, is not always overly accurate.

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