From the time the Older Boy started to talk, there was speculation that he would become an attorney someday. The kid does not take no for an answer*. His persuasion skills have always been quite advanced for his age, and very annoying. Case one? Click here.

Case Two:
Back in the day, this toddler started picking up a phrase often used by Jim: “Smooth move, Ex Lax.”

Only one difference, though: he used to say “Smooth move, Back Slacks.”

It was hilarious. We told him he was saying it the wrong way and tried to get him to make the correction, but he wouldn’t do it, insisting that he was in the right.

To be completely honest here, Jim and I thought that his way was so funny that we became accustomed to using it interchangeably with the correct phrase.

Last week the boy came home from school (as you might recall, he’s a Junior in high school) and mentioned over dinner that he had said “Smooth move, Back Slacks” to somebody during a group project and got a teased incessantly by his friends.

And he didn’t know why.

We told him that he has been saying it wrong since he was about three or four and he asked us why we let him do that. When I explained that we tried to correct him but he wouldn’t listen and insisted that his way was correct, we chose to lose that battle because we thought it was hilarious.

After a flash of annoyance, he laughed with us and shrugged his shoulders, deciding that he wasn’t going to change a thing.

*Let me be perfectly clear. When I write that he doesn’t take “no” for an answer, I DO NOT mean discipline-wise. Just sayin’.