I think my last post was a bit misconstrued. I thought it was funny that the Bean struggled to tell me what he had done wrong, because in doing so he would have to use the word that got him into trouble in the first place. But in your comments, some of you fixated on the fact that we have banned him from using the word "poopy" (outside of anything along the lines of, "I have to make a poopy" or "the poopy is coming"). I guess the post unintentionally illuminated the fact that WonderWife™ and I have a tendency to lean towards strictness.
I am aware that I am somewhat of a strict parent and truthfully, this is something that surprises me. I was not raised by strict parents. The only rule I can really recall is having my TV time monitored and cut back. But this only lasted for a little while before I was back spending every afternoon and evening glazed over at Bugs Bunny cartoons.
It's not that WonderWife™ and I are taskmasters, but we have rules and we expect our kids to obey, even if it's something nominal like using like using a rather innocuous word. By comparison, we seem to have more rules for our kids than our friends do with theirs. But so far I think it's working. The Bean is a really good kid and very well behaved kid. He's happy and seemingly well adjusted. But he can also be kind of oblivious, and doesn't really question the world around him. The whole thing is probably going to blow up in our faces when Sprout can walk and talk. That girl is and is going to be a handful.
So the point of yesterday's post kinda got lost in translation. But at the end of the day, it doesn't matter at all because it wasn't true.
After reading the post, WonderWife™ revealed to me that the Bean lied. Yes, he did get a story taken away that night, but it had nothing to do with what he told me. So while the conversation between me and the Bean happened as written, his part of it was a total fabrication.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time she's exposed one of his lies.