Driving home from preschool today, Rio and I fight about whether or not she can ride in the booster seat. I tell her that we’ll talk to her doctor at her fourth birthday, but that right now she is not big enough to safely ride in a booster.

Rio: “It’s safer than my car seat though, Mama. Remember when you forgot to buckle my car seat and I slipped out and it was not safe? That was not safe. Daddy let me ride in the booster and that did not happen. I did not slip!”

Me: “Yeah. That was over a year ago. I’m surprised you remember. And I think when you grow up you will be a lawyer. You can support me when I’m a failed novelist.”

Rio, bursting into tears: “NO! No! Don’t say that Mama! That’s not nice! Lawyer is not a nice word!”