Early Preparation for the Teen Years.

“Hey Ethan, please come pick up your shoes and put them away.”

“Whatever.”

“What? Don’t say ‘whatever’ to your mother when she asks you to do something.”

“Oh. Sorry. I meant to say ‘sure.’ It just came out the wrong way.”

“Uh-huh, yeah. Well, maybe you should think a little harder before you speak so you the wrong thing doesn’t come out of your mouth.”

“Whatever.”