So, not too long ago (before hustling them off to bed), the kids were sitting on the couch watching something. They start bouncing around--which kinda defeats the purpose of getting them to settle down--and I asked them twice to stop that, be quiet, and be still.
No such luck. They weren't listening.
So I got loud.
And the imp flinches, whips around to look at me, and says, "Momma! Use your inside voice, not your outside voice, please! Lower your volume!"
I will admit, I thought I was going to break a rib trying not to laugh. But I did manage to explain, with a straight face, that I had asked nicely and quietly twice before I yelled, and that they hadn't listened. I told him that if he doesn't like me to yell, he needs to listen and to do things the first time.
His response? "Oh, I sorry. I will be better next time."
22 minutes ago