me: guys, it looks like those books are going to fall on your head. that’s not safe.
7 year old: well, it hasn’t happened yet.
me: i think it’s time to take the fort apart. i don’t want you to get hurt. and you’ve had a terrible attitude toward me when i’ve talked to you about how you’re behaving while you’re using the fort.
7 year old: that’s not fair that you didn’t let us have that fort that way.
me: here’s how this works. i’m the mom and if i see something that seems like it could hurt my children, i stop it.
7 year old: i don’t like that.
me: well, i’m sorry, but you don’t get to decide now. when you’re a dad you can choose for your kids.
7 year old: i’m not marrying. i’m not gonna be a dad.
7 year old: so i can just play video games and wear shorts and short sleeves.
i’m not going to tell him, but there’s a slight chance he could meet a girl who wouldn’t mind if he played video games and wore shorts and short sleeves.
and as him mom, i wouldn’t mind either if constantly playing video games as a child wouldn’t harm his growth and development and if he wanted to wear shorts and short sleeves when the temperature is at least above 50.