So I acknowledge that I am sort of uptight about grammar (which I get from my dad), so I'm usually surprised and a bit disappointed in myself when someone corrects my grammar. So recently I had a little text convo with my parents where I described my 6-year-old as the baby's "oldest sister" (she has two sisters, both older than she is).
So it has been suggested to me by one of the smartest people I know that "something caught their eye" is an idiom, rather than bad grammar.
I've been consistently impressed by my oldest daughter's vocabulary and grasp of grammar as she gets older (almost 6! where does the time go?). I commented recently to my husband how impressive it is that she corrects her own grammar aloud and he said, "It's because she reads." And she does. The conversation got me thinking. Our kids learn the English language through what they hear spoken around them and from what they read, whether it is read aloud to them or they read on their own.