Possibly the worst excuse in the world has made its way into our house on a regular basis.
"I didn't mean to" is used as a reason for doing anything that they know they perhaps shouldn't have.
Our boys are generally very well behaved. At home, however, where they are masters of their universe, they can often turn into little beasts.
I'm sure that they think that learning the meaning of 'I didn't mean to' gives them a free pass.
I didn't mean to shoot my brother with the nerf gun- really? Even though I saw you aiming at him?
I didnt mean to tip the whole tub of pens on the floor- hows that then? Did someone make you tip them?
I didn't mean to eat the other ones biscuit or drink all of their pop- classic.
What they really mean when they say it is that they didn't mean to get caught.
I might start using it on them....'I didn't mean to wash your hair' or 'I didn't mean to cook broccolli for dinner.'
Not sure it would go down very well