Ah, Star Wars. I’m in the middle of introducing my children to the Star Wars universe. They are a little young for the movies….they can’t really handle intense scenes, even the ones that we see in innocuous cartoons. But I just can’t wait to start teaching them about the universe and the characters….so we’ve been doing it through books. We just finished A New Hope and started right in on Empire Strikes Back.
But as I read the book to them, I realized that in some ways, parenting is a lot like a Star Wars adventure. Starts out slow, and very confusing (as you don’t know what’s happening most of the time), and then all of a sudden life jumps into hyperspace and sh$*@#&t is flying at you at a bazillion miles an hour and you are just hanging on trying to stay one step ahead of the Dark Side.
There were tons of quotes and sayings from the Star Wars movies that totally convey what it is like to be a parent. Here’s a list of my favorite quotes about parenting from Star Wars.
“I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”
This is a classic one from the move that everyone knows. And yes, every parent has said this or thought this.
Is it too quiet in the baby’s room?
Where is the baby?
Where are the kids?
What are the kids doing?
Didn’t I just put those crackers away?
Why is the water running?
Where is my makeup?
I just found a lid for a permanent marker but I can’t find the marker itself.
All of these give me that uh-oh sense in my stomach.
“Why do I get the feeling you’re going to be the death of me?”
Obi-Wan Kenobi said this, and it is something I feel all the time. I sometimes think that I can actually see my hair turning grey. My children (especially my second son) delight in giving me heart attacks. From scaling up impossibly tall trees, to jumping from one hard thing to another, from riding their bikes into the bushes, to doing flips into the pool, to trying to reach out and touch passing cars.
“You have hate. You have anger. Don’t use them.”
Man, control of emotions is a huge part of parenting. For the parent, to avoid losing his or her cool in difficult situations, and also for the kids, whose bodies and mouths are maturing much more quickly than their brains. I spend a good portion of every week trying to master my emotions so that I can present the face of the assertive by calm leader that I strive to be as a parent. And I sit down daily with my second son to talk about the best way to handle big emotions like anger, frustration, jealousy, frustration, and more.
“Your Jedi tricks won’t work on me. “
My kids are CONSTANTLY trying to convince me into doing the things they want me to do. The methods are sometimes hilarious, and sometimes quite dark and sneaky. One of my sons love to try and persuade me with logical arguments, so that I will see the value in doing what it is that he wants. The other makes threats, about doing dark things (breaking something, hurting himself or others, hating me forever, etc) if I don’t comply. They try and convince me that I am wrong by lying about what happened, or pretending that whatever it was that I thought happened, did not in fact, happen. It’s diabolical, truly.
“Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”
There are lots of ways to interpret this one from the angle of a parent. You could look at it like this quote is about getting stronger after overcoming obstacles.
Or you could like at it like, “tangle with the bull and you are going to get the horns” (like don’t mess with mom or you’ll pay for it).
“Your eyes can deceive you. Do not trust them.”
There are many times when you eyes tell you one thing, but something else entirely is happening or has already happened. For example, your appears to be happily playing in the sandbox, when she is actually eating the sand or stuffing it down into the front of her diaper.
Or your child may arrive home after school looking calm and unruffled, despite having a traumatic terrible day.
Or your teenager may scoot into the house at curfew on time, appearing totally responsible when they have actually been out consuming substances that they shouldn’t have.
Parents need to do more than just look with their eyes, because in many cases, what you see in any given moment doesn’t really tell you what’s going on.
“It’s a trap!”
Oh my goodness, this is so appropriate, especially for me right now! Just the other afternoon, my son’s teacher pulled me aside and asked if I would consider attending a meeting for the school district. I assumed it would be something I could sit in the back and listen in on, without having to do much else (like put on real clothes, take a shower, pay attention, etc). Turns out, when I got there, it was a ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION and I ended up spending the next two hours advocating about financial needs for our kids in schools.
Or how about, Mom, can I get a drink of water?
Or, I don’t want to take it home, I just want to touch it (hold it, see it).
Or every birthday party, ever.
“This is madness!”
This thought crosses my mind just about daily. When you have a house full of kids, it can just turn into chaos. Kids running up and down the halls, jumping on the trampoline, throwing toys, fighting over the volume of the music, losing their tempers over cheating in the board game, dropping food or drinks on the carpet (and often, all of this is happening at the same time).
I am pretty sure I was thinking this exact thing last year when our family got hit by a stomach flu….I had all three of my kids puking into bowls or onto the floor or the couch at the exact same time. Literally. All. At. Once.
“We’ll see each other again. I believe that.”
This one applies each and every time you leave your child (at school, at grandma’s house, to go have some mom time). Kids just have a tough time making the transition from being with a parent to not being with their parent, and it doesn’t matter how many times you do it, you end up having to reassure your child that, yes, you will see them again, and likely very soon.
“Don’t do that. “
Oh my goodness, I am constantly asking my kids to STOP what they are doing. It is like they go from one thing I don’t want them to do, right to another thing that I don’t want them to do. This is what it is like when I take them to the grocery store. They are like raccoons, or magpies. Everything is something they want to touch. Everything shiny is something they want to take home. Every aisle needs to be explored.
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
I CAN’T! This is a statement I hear daily. Or, I am trying! Frequently screamed at the top of some lungs. Learning how to get stuff done, to persist, to push past discomfort….these are all big parents of growing up. As kids are challenged, they don’t even realize that their efforts aren’t anywhere near close to what they could potentially do. That they can try harder than they actually are.
“You know, no matter how much we fought, I’ve always hated watching you leave.”
Isn’t this the truth! When I hear this one, I think, man, times are hard, but even in the hard times, I love the heck out of those kids. Even when I am away taking my mom-time to myself, I am missing them. No matter what happens, how awful they are to me sometimes, I always love them, and I always feel a twinge when they go out the door.
Said every parent ever.
“The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.”
But boy or boy, do kids love to speak and tell you how it is! This also applies to just about every person who ever walked up to me in the grocery store and dropped some unasked for knowledge or advice about my pregnancy, my kids or parenting in general.
“Your focus determines your reality.”
This is a good one for parents, in addition to being good advice for kids. If we as parents focus on the things that kids struggle on only, the negative, the hard times, the frustrations, the troubles…..this is our reality. There is no light, no sun, no fun, not positivity. If you only focus and think about the things that are hard or wrong, all you will see is things that are hard or wrong. You won’t try, you won’t be creative, you won’t have energy to fight to make things better.
“Watch your mouth kid, or you’ll find yourself floating home.”
Oh my goodness, this is every darn day! The things that come out of that cute face are astonishing!?!?!
From Are we there yet? to Mom, your butt looks like you put all your food in it” there is no end to the things that children will say. It’s just nice to have something cued up to say in response when you really don’t have anything good to say to such a comment in response.
“Who’s the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?”
This is a great quote in a few different situations. One is when a bunch of kids together get into some sort of trouble or make some bad decisions. Or you could use it when fingers start getting pointed (He did it first, It wasn’t my idea, etc etc).
What are your favorite star wars quotes for parents? Let us know your favorites down in the comments section below.
Emily Anderson is a mother of three children, all under the age of 10. Located in the Pacific Northwest of the US, Emily is a full-time mom and part-time blogger, jumping in front of the computer screen when the kids are occupied or sleeping. She started this blog in April of 2019 and is proud that the blog is now paying for itself. If you want to know about her journey as a blogger, check out out her personal digital journal or her post about failing her way to blogging success.