Last Friday, I heard the following conversation at least ten times:
Zeke: We hate mom, right Ben?
Ben: Yeah, we hate mom. She's a criminal.
Zeke: But we love Dad, right Ben?
I'm pretty sure that Ben is using, "criminal" in this instance as a synonym for "Bad Guy". And I'm pretty sure Zeke knows exactly what he's doing.
I felt better after the weekend when Mike had some solo time with the boys and he said he had been accused of being a criminal multiple times as well.