My son did something similar. (He's 4 also.) I had sent him to his room for something, I don't remember now what it was for. Anyway, he still has a baby monitor in his room since he shares with his little brother. I heard him say, "I'm going to kill Mommy." That scared the crap out of me. It took me a couple minutes but then I went in there to talk with him. I told him what I heard him say and that saying those things are not nice and he's will not talk like that again. I told him that I understand that he was angry that I sent him to his room as punishment, but he cannot talk that way. He hasn't said anything like that since then so I doubt he really meant it. He understands (as much as a 4 yo can) about death...we've had a few people die on my side of the family recently and unfortunately had to accompany me to the funerals. If I think about it, it still freaks me out that my son would say something like that.
at 7:47 PM on Mar. 9, 2009