“Just going to stick my hair in a mum bun while I deal with a poonami and sort out the threenager before popping out for a ginwag!” Sound familiar? It likely will if you’re a parent.
A new survey has revealed the top twenty funniest phrases most used by modern mums and dads who are turning to humour to help them navigate parenthood.
Four in five parents say terms such as ‘threenager’, think a three-year-old throwing a teenage-style strop, lightens the mood when they find parenting tough.
But 35% admit to using the secret slang so their little one doesn’t understand what they really mean. Genius!
Overall the most-used quirky parenting phrase is ‘Mum Bun’, the term cheekily used to describe the hairstyle where harassed mums pull their hair into a topknot, used by three quarters of parents.
Meanwhile ‘poonami’, the secret code for a baby’s explosive poo, is favoured by two thirds of mums and dads navigating the nappy change.
Three quarters of parents admit to frequently ‘winging it’ ie trying to cope with the parenting journey, even though others seem way more organised.
The food they feed their little ones hasn’t escaped the phrase coining either with ‘Beige rainbow’ and ‘Freezer tapas’ being used by one in five families to describe ready-made play date food such as chicken nuggets and chips.
And half of mamas describe themselves as a ‘mombie’, a mum who looks like a zombie through lack of sleep.
Other popular mottos include ‘ginwag’ meaning catching up over a glass of gin, while an ‘adult headache’ or hangover likely follows the next day. Face palm!
A quarter of parents fess up to ‘iparenting’ by giving kids a tablet device to keep quiet, alongside one in nine who have a ‘mum spa’ when they open the dishwasher from the steam.
‘Velcro baby’ is used by 23% to describe a clingy child who won’t be put down and 18% say ‘niplash’ to describe the pain when a breastfeeding baby twists their head without letting go of your nipple.
Top 20 Parenting Phrases
Mum bun – mum hairstyle
Winging It – doing your best when everyone else seems to be more organised
Poonami – poo explosion
Threenager – 3 going on 13.
Sniff test – checking if the baby really needs a change
Mombie – mum exhausted through lack of sleep
Flying Solo – coping on your own
Mumboss – mum in charge
Going to bed early – sex
The Handover – passing the baby to your partner as soon as they get home
Velcro Baby – clingy baby
iParenting – using a tablet to keep your child quiet
Niplash – when a breastfeeding baby twists their head without letting go of your nipple
Freezer Tapas – serving up whatever you can find in the freezer
Adult headache – hangover
Musical beds – when kids change beds all night long
Beige Rainbow – ready-made playdate food like chicken nuggets and chips
Mum spa – opening the dishwasher
Deja poo – when the baby fills the nappy for the 20th time that day
Ginwag – catching up on the gossip over a glass of gin
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