Jordan: At PAWKids today, me and Mr. Iverson wrote a new song!
Me: Who wrote a new song?
Jordan: Me and Mr. Iverson.
Jordan: (pausing) Mr. Iverson and I wrote a new song.
Me: That's awesome!
Jordan: Which one? That we wrote a new song or that I had good grammar?
Me: Both honey. Both.
When I was growing up, my parents would pretend not to hear me if I spoke using incorrect grammar. I carry on the family tradition. My father is an attorney, but was a journalist — both print and television — before going to law school. My mother was a high school English teacher before she quit to stay home with the kiddos. My parents write and speak well, and they expected the same of their children.