Phrases mothers in Singapore use when nagging us Phrases mothers in Singapore say when nagging Image credit: TheSmartLocal We may revere fictional superheroes like the Avengers - but the truth is, our favourite superheroes are none other than our own mothers. Whether we need help finding a lost object, or just need a shoulder to lean on, you know they\u2019re always there for you. Growing up, we\u2019re more than familiar with our mother\u2019s nagging. While it can be frustrating, we know deep down it\u2019s their form of love to us. We\u2019ve sussed out 10 classic phrases that our moms have used, and what they actually mean when they say that to us. 1. \u201cWhy never finish your food? People in Africa are starving, you know?\u201d What she actually means: \u201cDon\u2019t waste food, eat more because I care about you.\u201d No matter how much we can eat, we\u2019ve all faced that inevitable moment where we simply cannot finish our food. Cue the displeased expression of our mothers, along with the oh-so-classic \u201cthink of the children in Africa.\u201d Although our bellies would have been uncomfortably stuffed at that point, we know what they truly mean. They\u2019ve spent so much time whipping up those dishes, so to see it go to waste can be a sad sight. But of course, the biggest reason they\u2019re saying this is because they just want you to eat more.\u00a0 2. \u201cSo old already, still need me to do everything for you!\u201d What she actually means: \u201cHow will you take care of yourself when I\u2019m not around?\u201d Mothers know best - that much is true. They\u2019re always the first person we turn to whenever we need help\u00a0 - even if it means they\u2019ll whip out the \u201cso old already still need me to do everything for you\u201d card. As we\u2019re much older now, we\u2019re more than capable of standing on our own two feet. Show your mother that you\u2019re perfectly capable of fending for yourself, and she\u2019ll definitely have a little more peace of mind at night. 3. \u201cWhy always go out so late? You think this is a hotel is it?\u201d What she actually means: \u201cI miss you, you should be home more often.\u201d\u00a0 Before the Circuit Breaker measures were enforced, staying out for extended periods at a time was a norm. And when we\u2019d finally trudge home, we\u2019d meet the disapproving glares of our mothers. \u201cWhy always stay out so late?\u201d they\u2019d bite out. \u201cThis house is your hotel is it?\u201d Hearing that never fails to make us feel a teensy bit guilty for staying out so much. Although sarcastic, it\u2019s akin to a plea to stay at home more often - one that screams \u201cI miss you\u201d. 4. \u201cMake sure you behave or else the police will catch you.\u201d Image credit: @singaporepoliceforce What she actually means: \u201cI want you to be the best person you can be.\u201d Threats are an everyday part of an Asian kid\u2019s life in our mothers\u2019 bid to shape us into a person everyone can be proud of. Amidst the pool of classic threats, one particular one stands out, and that\u2019s the ever-iconic \u201cor else the police will catch you.\u201d As kids, hearing that may have scared us pantsless. But looking back, that imminent fear of being arrested over our misbehaviour was highly effective in disciplining us - a bid by our mothers to help us mature and grow into better people. 5. \u201cYou think I\u2019m your maid is it?\u201d Image credit: Sarah Brown\u00a0 What she actually means: \u201cI wish you\u2019d be more independent.\u201d Whether it\u2019s because we\u2019re busy or just plain lazy, we\u2019d hear our mothers yell \u201cyou think I\u2019m your maid is it?\u201d whenever we ask them for help to do something.\u00a0 More than just being a sharp reprimand, those words belie a hint of concern for our well-being. We won\u2019t be living with them forever, and at some point, they just want us to be independent people able to care for their own families. 6. \u201cX\u2019s son bought her a phone, why don\u2019t you buy me anything?\u201d What she actually means: \u201cI wish you\u2019d appreciate me more.\u201d We hear this whenever news of our cousin or friend buying gifts for their parents reach our mothers\u2019 ears. \u201cThey so good leh,\u201d they\u2019d sigh. \u201cWhy don\u2019t you buy me anything?\u201d We know what this means - they just want us to appreciate them more. While this doesn\u2019t mean they want us splurging on expensive clothes or gadgets for them, it\u2019s a silent request for us to show them more love for all the effort they\u2019ve put into making sure we\u2019re raised right. 7. \u201cIf Y\u2019s mother is so good, then just ask her to be your mother.\u201d What she actually means: \u201cI\u2019m doing the best I can as your mother.\u201d If we were the ones to hit our mothers with the \u201cXYZ\u2019s mum just bought them a Nintendo Switch eh!\u201d instead, all you\u2019ll get is a dismissive \u201cIf their mother\u2019s so good, then just ask her to be your mother lah\u201d in reply. Try to spare her feelings by avoiding the comparison to other mothers. After all, she\u2019s already doing her best as your mother. 8. \u201cWhy never wash your plate? Ask you how many times already?\u201d A mother\u2019s worst nightmare Image credit: @jigglypuffsdailylife What she actually means: \u201cI wish you\u2019d help me out around the house more.\u201d Even with constant reminders from our mothers, we still forget to do our chores. After the umpteenth time, that\u2019s when they\u2019ll hit you with the \u201cask you how many times, you still forget?\u201d line. And of course, that\u2019s on us. From folding the clothes to cooking our meals, our mothers tend to shoulder most of the household chores, which we take for granted. As they\u2019re getting older, it\u2019s time we get off our butts and help them out a little more. 9. \u201cYou sick ah? Must be because you never drink water." What she actually means: \u201cI wish you\u2019d start keeping healthier habits.\u201d Long before the #stayhydrated hashtags were a thing, our reminders to continuously drink up came from our mothers. And when we fall sick, a lack of proper hydration is the first thing they attribute your sickness to.\u00a0 That may not necessarily be that reason why you\u2019re sick, but take it as their disguised way of telling you to take better care of yourself. 10. \u201cYou\u2019re not allowed to date until you\u2019re 21.\u201d What she actually means: \u201cI want you to be mature enough to choose the right person.\u201d As kids, one of the biggest things we\u2019re curious about is love. But ask your mother about this, and they\u2019ll tell you straight up that you can\u2019t have a significant other until you\u2019re 21 or in university. It\u2019s a silly rule that\u2019s not strictly enforced, but we know their hearts are in the right place. After all, they\u2019ve been there, done that. The last thing they want is for us to go through the woes of young love that they\u2019ve experienced at our age - and the only way to do so is to ensure we\u2019re mature enough to discern the bad eggs from the good when we\u2019re much older. Common phrases mothers in Singapore use when they\u2019re nagging We know our mothers love us, and growing up, we\u2019re well aware that their love for us manifests in the way they nag at us. As these 10 classic phrases show, their nagging is a front for how much they truly care and want the best for us. These days, mothers shoulder even more responsibility to take care of the family. Juggling between working from home and taking care of the kids is no easy feat, and in their bid to do so, they often overlook themselves - and their health - to ensure that everyone is looked after. We get it - a mother\u2019s nagging is just their way of loving us. While breaking old habits takes time, perhaps it\u2019s time for us to take care of them for a change. And with Mother\u2019s Day just around the corner, we want to make sure our appreciation for them is made extra apparent.\u00a0 https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v4I45QRqcShs Just like how our mothers have been looking after us, Difflam has also been providing care for us with products that keep the sore throats at bay. They\u2019re readily available in pharmacies like Guardian, Unity, and Watsons, which you can purchase via online delivery. Image credit: Difflam Singapore\u00a0 Taking care of our mothers\u2019 health is always a great way to show your love this Mother\u2019s Day. For more information on Difflam, be sure to drop a follow on Difflam\u2019s Facebook page. Follow Difflam\u2019s Facebook page here This post was brought to you by Difflam.