My 8-year-old son D- and 5-year-old daughter M- are apparently taking some interesting lessons to heart about the fundamentals of good parenting, as evidenced by their recent conversation in the back of our parked van, regarding their 1-year-old brother E-:
D- (possibly sarcastic, after M- had been speaking through rage-clenched teeth at E-): Boy, you'd make a real good parent, always grabbing and pulling on his (inaudible)...
Me (thinking she had been grabbing his face): Pulling his what?!
D- (quickly polishing an explanation, likely due to a favor he owed his sister): I said, she'd make a real good parent, because she always gets real serious with him. And he listens to her...
M- (eagerly): Yeah!
D- (aside): Oh, by the way, your pants are on backwards.
You may enjoy my previous D- conversations, M- conversations, and (wife) J- conversations.