The four year old was standing to my left holding the Frisbee, she had a really solemn look on her face, she is really serious, and really cute, she stepped toward her daddy and said in a quiet, serious voice, “We do not say ‘hate’ daddy.”
He responded, “Oh, you are right, thank you, I really do not like to stay in one place…”
It was all that I could do to keep from falling off of my chair laughing. I think I hurt a rib holding it in.
You may not think that what you are saying to your kids penetrates. It does.
This dad, by the way handled that superbly. He acknowledged and received the correction from his 4 year old child. He affirmed and reinforced what he and his wife are teaching their girls. He communicated to her that her words were weighty and important and immediately corrected himself restating his sentence in the manner he wished her to speak.
It was funny, it was awesome, it was good – no great, parenting.