My mom was an English/History/British Literature teacher for years while my brothers and I were kids. There are many former students of hers, and friends of ours, who think she was an amazing teacher. But as much as her students loved her in the class, we had her not only in school, but at home as well.
So while her students only had 50 daily minutes of her demanding correct grammar, language and tense usage, we had it all the time, every day, for years. In the long run, I am glad, but damn, it could be annoying.
And, now, though my mom does not formally teach anymore, my kids get the same treatment from my mom and me.
Brings a smile to my face….
Here is an example of what I mean:
Daughter: “Honey (my kids’ name for my mom), can I go outside and play?”
Mom: “I am sure you can, but the question is, do you have permission…”
Daughter: “MAY I go out and play?”
Mom: “Yes, you may.”
Or this one…
Son: “Mom, I need to decide between Thomas, Gordon, Ferdinand and Spencer…”
Mom: “Between is only used when you are talking about two objects, the word you need is among, which you use when talking about three or more items…”
Son: “So I would say I need to decide among Thomas, Gordon…”
Mom: “Yes, that’s correct.”
And my all time favorite:
Daughter: “Honey, like, would be it be OK if, like, Emily and I went to my room?”
Mom: “No, like, it would not”
Daughter thinking…. “May Emily and I go to my room?”
Mom: “yes, that would be fine.”
Of, I love the sound of good grammar…. And now my kids have two people telling them what to say and how to say it… they’ll appreciate it later in life.