Charlie's urgent news after preschool yesterday:
"I didn't punch D today!"
These are the exchanges that led to this excellent achievement:
Charlie: D was mean to me today, so I just had to punch him.
Me: You can't punch people, Charlie. D is still learning how to be a good friend, and you hitting him isn't going to help him is it?
Charlie: [with skepticism] Alright....
[after a week or two]
Charlie: I've been telling all my friends that D is still learning how to be a good friend.
Me: [stifles hysterical laughter]
Charlie: D really needs to learn how to be a good friend!
Me: Remember, you can't hit him. If he is mean to you, you need to tell a teacher and not be mean back.
[extreme skepticism in response]