The Biggest Problem With Raising Girls


“That’s am-aaaay-zing!” is something which has come out of the blue into my vocabulary lately. Every time I’ve said it I’ve been wondering where the hell I got it from. My initial thought was The Incredibles, but I haven’t seen that movie in about a year, so it seemed unlikely.

Is there anything more satisfying than nailing a movie quote in a conversation?

Sometimes I do it without meaning to. For years I’ve been saying a line from Taxi Driver without even knowing I was being clever. In fact, I haven’t even seen the movie, but apparently “You talking to me?” is in there. I can only assume Robert De Niro plays a partially deaf dad who’s easily distracted by Youtube and has seven kids and a wife who prefers to save her legs and shout instructions from the next room. I probably should hire it out one day. Sounds good.

These days I’m just as likely to quote from a television show. Bazinga! has entered our vernacular, thanks to The Big Bang Theory, and ‘unaccepable’ was given to us by Jo Frost on Supernanny: a show which gave us great parenting advice and this catchphrase which makes us chuckle every time we use it.

Probably the most used catchphrases in my vocabulary, because there always seems to be an opportunity to say one of them, are “I don’t think so, Tim” “Not. Happy. Jan” and “What you talkin’ ’bout, Willis.” Of course, because these shows or ads are all so old, very few people in this house know I’m quoting anything and I think they just assume I’ve forgotten their names again.

 Anyway, to cut a short story long, I came home at lunch today and my wife told me something amazing.

Before I knew it I found myself using my stupid new line.

“That’s am-aaaay-zing!” I said, very nearly heading into falsetto on the ‘aaaay’.

Tracey raised an eyebrow and gave me a funny sort of a look.

“What was that?”

I sighed.

“I don’t know,” I told her. “I’ve said it four times this week alone and I don’t even know where it comes from.”

“Oh, I know where it comes from,” she said. “You’re not going to like it.”

And then, with a bigger smile than she managed on our wedding day, she pulled up a Youtube clip.

It seems I’m now quoting lines from Barbie Life In The Dreamhouse. Two things come to mind. Firstly, no wonder my mates didn’t ‘get’ it. Secondly, I’m really glad my mates didn’t ‘get’ it.

Damn you, Miss6! Curse you, Miss3!

“If you need me,” I told my wife, “for the next twenty years I’ll be hanging out with my son.”

 Looking for a Christmas present which requires brains? Zombie Dice sort of fits the brief. Great family fun.

Raising a family on little more than laughs.


  • I have started saying Uh-ma-ZING thanks to Zambesia the latest movie my lot are into. I too, love to pepper my conversations with movie quotes. When ever someone says no in a particular way I always have to chime in with ‘Noooooooo, nooooooooo It will rub the lotion on Its skin’. Instead of saying who cares I’ll say ‘So what if the dvd’s dont go back to the store on time?’ (of course the store does). Emma out! (where did I get that one from???)

  • No wonder English is such a hard language to learn lol there’s a lot of research people have to do before they can understand all the movie references 🙂

  • Realising I use “I don’t think so, Tim” “Not. Happy. Jan” and ”What you talkin’ ’bout, Willis.” as well as “Geeze Louise” and always wondered where I got it from. Now I know. Thanks Father xo

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