[Jack’s frustration mounts while trying to remove Spiderman stickers from the fridge]
Me: "What did you say?"
"You know that word isn’t for little boys. I’m calling it a bad word. What do you say instead?"
"Daddy says it."
"Daddy is a grown up. When you get older, you can choose to say it. But you are younger, so for you it’s a bad word. What do you say instead?"
"Yes, dang it. That’s okay for you to say, but not the other word."
"Yes. Not dammit."
[Ten minutes later, while I’m washing the dishes.]
Jack: "Mommy, tell me a story about Spiderman."
Me: "I need to finish the dishes, okay? So not now, maybe later."
"NO! That is a BAD WORD for you. You can’t use it until you are younger!"
"What bad word did I say?"
"Not now, maybe later."