قاضى العيال اشتكى روحه
Qadi el iyal eshtaka rohu
Translation: The judge of children complained to himself.
Meaning: This proverb, still in common use, is about how hard it is to raise children. They fight and come to complain to the adults. When this happens to you, brace yourself, for it is a full time job and it will work your nerves.
Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha
Translated by: Nabil Shawkat