Star Wars and fatherhood are two things in my wheelhouse. This past weekend I watched Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope with my kids. When Han Solo blurted out the line, “What an incredible smell you have discovered.”, I thought about how that could be something a parent might say when changing their baby’s diaper. So that led me down the path of thinking about some other lines from the Star Wars movies and shows that could also be used by parents. Here are a few of them. Leave some of your favorite Star Wars line that you have also used as a parent in the comment section below.
Positive Quotes From The Light Side Of The Force
From Jedi to Rebels there are some key quotes from the Star Wars universe that parents might use that are uplifting and positive. Whether you use them when talking to your kids or talking to yourself the following lines can help make the day go in the right direction.
“You can’t stop the change, any more than you can stop the suns from setting.” — Shmi Skywalker. This is a great line for when your child is starting a new school or sport. There will be some adjustments they will have to make with that change. Try to encourage them by telling them that change is inevitable in life, but it makes us grow stronger. I would say sun instead of suns since we only have one.
“Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.” – Yoda. As per usual, Yoda is spot on. Kids will say the darnedest things. They speak the truth. Kids tend to speak from the heart. They love sharing what they are thinking. This is true especially when your kids are toddlers.
“This Is A New Day, A New Beginning.” & “I like firsts. Good or bad, they’re always memorable.” – Ahsoka Tano. Just like Shmi Skywalker, Ahoska Tano is looking at the cup as half full. We encourage our kids to look on the bright side of things. This line can be used when your child had a rough day and you tell them tomorrow will be better. It can help to ease their mind.
“Wherever I go, he goes.” —The Mandalorian. I have been questioning Din Djarin’s parenting methods for both seasons of The Mandalorian. Yet I know his heart is in the right place when he was looking after Grogu aka Baby Yoda. Just like Din saying he won’t let Grogu leave his side you can reassure your child that you will always be there for them.
“Come, little one.” — Luke Skywalker. This was said by Luke Skywalker in The Mandalorian when he came to get Grogu. He was going to take Grogu to his new Jedi Academy and train him to become a Jedi. This is something parents say to their kids to encourage them. One example is when they are toddlers and learning how to walk.
Beware Of The Dark Side Of Parenting
Parenting can test your limits. It can push you to a point where you question your parenting skills. Don’t give into those feelings. Still there are times where we straddle the line of being a good parent to being a bad parent when our kids challenge us. Here are few lines that might help you cope during those stressful times.
“I am your father.” – Darth Vader. Just like Darth Vader you can use your title of being the parent to help you out. One example is when your kids ask for something over and over again. You say no and they reply with that dreaded one word WHY? You can take a few deep breaths like Vader and explain that you are the father (or mother) and your ruling is binding.
“I have spoken.” — Kuiil. If you don’t want to channel your inner Sith, but still want to put your foot down I suggest you follow the words of Kuiil from The Mandalorian. When your kids keep arguing with you just raise one hand in the air and walk away. As you leave the room tell them that you have spoken and the conversation is over.
“A friendly piece of advice, assume that I know everything.” — Moff Gideon. You want your kids to love and respect you. Parents also want to be feared a little bit. Kids should know that there are certain lines that shouldn’t be crossed. You want your kids to feel like eventually you will find things out. That is why you can be like Moff Gideon and let them know that the truth will always come out.
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” — Darth Vader. This can be used for anything really when it comes to parenting. Whether your kid doesn’t believe what you are telling them or when you share things you did as a kid. At every age kids will question things. As they get older it takes more convincing on our part. If all else fails you can tell them to have a bit more faith in you.
Other Parenting Phrases That Are Similar To Ones From A Galaxy Far, Far Away
When you are not using either the light side or the dark side of the Force you still can be channeling your inner Star Wars as a parent. Here are a few other key quotes that parents can use on their kids.
“Bad news. You can’t live here anymore.” — The Mandalorian. When your kid is at an age where they need to be kicked out of the nest you can follow the Mandalorian’s mindset. Tell them that they need to start a new chapter in their life. You have taught them all you can. Now it is time for them to be on their own.
“This is madness!” — C3PO. This line can be used at any stage of your parenting life. From the baby stage to the teenager stage. Whether they are having a temper tantrum in the store or when they don’t fill up the gas tank after using your car. This phrase covers it all.
“Who’s the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?” — Obi-Wan Kenobi. Yes, Obi-Wan is a Jedi, but I chose to keep this line in this category. This reminds me of when my parents asked me if I would jump off a bridge if my friends jumped off a bridge. Kenobi reminds us that yes we can make some mistakes in life, but try not to follow another person’s mistake.
“Stop touching things.” — The Mandalorian. Just like the C3PO’s “This is madness!” line you can use Din’s line at any stage in your kid’s life. From not touching everything in the grocery store to anything else you don’t want your kids touching. They need to listen to what you tell them because this is the way….in your house.