Re: Backtalking preschoolers...
I'm sorry, but I have to giggle as read what you wrote. We just have to laugh at some of the stuff our son does as he thinks he is so cleaver and then we realize he's copying us. (then we realize we have to change what ever it is) He's a bright kid and just copying someone. "Its ok" "Don't worry about that" - do those things sound like something you would say. Try changing what you say and he'll copy the new stuff.
If you find the manual, can you send a copy our way.
Mom to my wonderfully sweet toddler who is the joy of our lives.