Today, Sterling was entertaining herself by taking a running jump onto a pillow and sliding head first off the sofa, toboggan style.
Sounds like a great idea, right? I repeatedly stopped her, but every time I would turn my back, she would yell "NAUGHTY" and then "wheeeeee", clunk off the sofa.
I tried the "you are going to hit your head and that will hurt so you shouldn't do that" approach. No dice.
I tried the "if you do that again, I am taking away the pillow" approach. She just switched to a stuffed animal for the next run.
I tried sitting on the sofa and running interception. She proved that she is much faster and more nimble than I am.
So finally I threw in the towel and gave her free rein. The very next freakin thing I hear is the unmistakable THUNK of a little noggin bouncing off of hard wood floor.
I came rushing to provide the comfort she would obviously need, totally planning to use this as the learning opportunity it clearly was. I was already practicing the "this is why you listen to mommy" speech in my head.
I was more than surprised (and perhaps a little disappointed) to see her smiling like a loon. She looked at me, laughed and said "FUN mommy, fun! I do again!".
Yep, clearly I am out matched.