Deductive Argument as used by Grace (at age 3): "I don't know why Sarah is crying- I didn't hit her that hard."
Part to Whole Reasoning as used by Sarah (at age 5) after discovering that I was the tooth fairy: "Mom, Olivia Sholey lost a tooth today, MOM, did you hear me? Olivia Sholey lost a tooth today, don't forget to go to her house tonight."
Argumentum ad baculum as used by Rebekah (at age 4 1/2): While attempting to force her will upon her older brother she shook her tiny fists and threatened him with this misquoted movie line, "Oh yeah, do you want a piece of meat!"
Inductive Reasoning as used by Benjamin (at age 4): At the funeral of a pet rabbit Benjamin noted, "If our rabbit dies on it's own we don't eat it, but if we kill it while it is still alive then we can eat it." *
Truism as stated by Jack (at age 3): "If your tummy hurts... you should go to the bathroom."
Repetition as a Rhetorical Strategy as used by Samuel (at age 2): "No No No."
*Our family may live in TN, but to date we have eaten neither roadkill nor family pets.