It came as a bit of surprise to me, a bolt out of the blue in fact. There I was simply minding my own business, reading my book and listening to some music when the sudden threat of immediate punishing legal action hit me.
The five year old wasn’t happy that he had to have a bath, and wasn’t going to have any truck with my attempts to get him in to it:
“I’m calling my lawyer, you’re going to prison! You’ll regret making me have a bath!”
Stone me, I never thought it would come to this. Goodness knows where he’s got that from either, we’re not a litigious household. We once contacted a lawyer over a constructive dismissal case but were told that the employer would just stretch it out until the claim (which we had good grounds to win) was exceeded by the legal costs, so we didn’t bother. Other than that, it’s been house moves and wills and nothing else.
I managed to talk him down by promising to read his bed time story but it was a close thing. I need to be more careful next time!