We've been watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a family for the last few days. This afternoon we got to the first really frightening part, and Thomas was distressed. "I'm scared that the soldiers are going to kill the good guys," he told me during dinner.
"I'm going to let you in on a secret, Thomas," I said. "Is it a good story if the good guys get killed?"
"Do you think that the people who made the movie wanted it to be a good story?"
"Um," he thought for a moment..."yes!"
"So do you think that the good guys are going to get killed?"
Thomas' eyes absolutely lit up as he cried "No!!!"
You've just got to love Socratic reasoning with a four year old. :)