Claire is asking to do something crazy. This isn’t entirely out of character. In fact, she asks to do crazy stuff all day long. I actually let her do some (okay, most…) of the crazy stuff, but I have to use my judgment.
“Momma? Can I have Maple Syrup on my Goldfishies?”
“Momma? Can I give Puppy a bath in the sink?”
“Momma? Can I put real milk in this cup for Daisy?”
These are just snippets of the conversations, but you get the idea. Normally, she follows up with an inquisition as to why she can’t do whatever she’s asked to do, and I give her good, solid answers. I usually follow it up with a good idea for something she can do instead.
But, we’ve reached a new stage in the game.
“Hey!” Claire screeches with that mischievous glint in her eye. “I have an idea!!”
Oh, this is gonna be good…I wonder what it is this time?
“Why don’t I say, “No!” and you say “YES!!”
I give her points for creativity and the usage of reverse psychology, but I’m not falling for her tricks.