1. In the toy-strewn kids’ section of a local library, son picked up a princess-shaped magnet, looked at it, and threw it aside. “Stereotypical princess,” he said, in a tone of adorable distaste.

2. Son woke up one morning thinking about reincarnation. He was worried about people who don’t believe in it. In a tone of pity and mild panic, he said: “You’re born, you live, you die? That’s it?”

3. Son was reading a book about nature. “Worms reach sexual maturity at six months!” he said. And then, in a whisper: “What’s sexual maturity?”

4. At the auditions for the school talent show, the director, a second-grade teacher, was cuing up a song for the next act, and she accidentally played part of AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.” “Oops!” she said. “Wrong song! Although I like that one.”