When instructing Cool Baby not to do something, I need to watch what I say lest I cause a catastrophe of epic proportions.
Let’s say I can walk in a room and see CB jumping on his bed. For a lot of parents, this might not be a big deal. For us, we have nightmares of monkeys falling off and bumping their heads.
So, I would quickly admonish CB:
No jumping on the bed…You can fall off and knock your head!
And by God’s grace, CB will obey. But recently I noticed that I was setting us up for future troubles. It’s semantics, but when I say
You can fall off and knock your head!
a grammar-savvy CB might think to himself, “Oh, I can?! Sweet!” *leap* *mild concussion*