“I’m just…”: Parenting Story

We try to teach the kids that they need to think through what they’re doing before they do it. Failing that, they need to fess up and deal with the consequences of their choices.  As a result “I’m just” or “I was just” are not really acceptable phrases, as it means some justifying excuse is coming next.  So, from an early age, they learned…

Child in trouble “Mom, I’m just…”

Me, interrupting “What does ‘I’m just’ mean?”

Child, sighing and resigned “I’m just about to get in trouble.”