Now that Adrian is 3 there are some concepts that we're supposed to be teaching him; compliance with the social contract, manners, and a sense of boundaries.
So we were hanging on the couch after he had bathed and a teachable moment presented itself. I casually mention the parts of his body that are considered private and that the only people who should be touching that part of him are his parents, his doctor and himself. I also mention that he shouldn't be touching anyone else's privates. He nods thoughtfully and I think: I am so awesome at this! I should totally open a school for parent-child communication!
And then he says: but I want to touch pirates.
Let's start over, shall we?
PRivates, not PIrates.