Now we have gone up to Big Nursery and are with a lot of older children, there is a sudden lurch in the level of language that is entering our house.
I'm sure that, compared to most children his age the spud is still lagging generally behind in his ability to reason and communicate and so any progress should be good news; however, some of the things he's coming out with recently are perhaps a little more advanced than I would like.
Most of his new phrases like: "I've got it!" are quite cute, but one is rather less sweet. The spud (and, I have to say, most of his friends) has suddenly started pointing things at us and saying "I kill you". Even his very sweet little girlfriend has started saying it... they were running around the other day saying "I kill you" "no I kill YOU!"
I'm conflicted. On the one hand, they have to learn about death at some point and perhaps a game is a good entry point. On the other, I find this sudden swing towards weapons and death threats disturbing in the extreme.
I shouldn't, I know. It was bound to happen at some point. My brother and I argued for days when he was only 4 about the proper way to die in a game of cowboys and Indians (on the back, one hand flung out, the other clutching one's chest) and neither of us became gun-wielding knife-toting bad guys.
Still, surrounded as we are by the wilds of Brixton and the vast and uncontrollable inconsistency that is London where children actually shoot each other , I would quite frankly rather my 3 year old said "fuck" than "kill".
Am I mad? How does one deal with this? Is it inevitable? Can I do something other than utter middle-class inanities like "don't say that word darling it's bad"? Help?