I've just had a big reminder to be careful of what I say to my children.
It was a struggle to get the boys to bed tonight. They all came downstairs when their father got home from work and it was clear that they didn't want to go back to bed.
My middle boy asked me if he could have some warm milk before going up, so I made it for him and as I handed it to him I said "up to bed now and I don't want to se you again".
He went up and I settled down.
Five minutes later my oldest son came down and asked me why I didn't want to see Ethan again?
I didn't know what he was talking about at first, then it clicked. I ran upstairs to see Ethan and he was lying on his bed, sobbing his little heart out.
I gave him a huge cuddle and explained that I meant I didn't want to see him for the rest of tonight. He thought I didn't want to see him ever again. My poor boy.
That'll teach me to think about what I say to the children. They take everything so literally.
As if I wouldn't want to see this gorgeous face again.