Last night Dave finished off a pan of brownies, except for a small square that I asked him to save for Samantha - for her to enjoy AFTER she had a good lunch. Sammie is typically very good about asking before taking, and rarely does she help herself to food, so I had no problem with Dave just leaving it out on the counter.
This morning our sweet girl helped herself to the treat (she often gets up before me). The Holy Spirit must have been nudging on her soul, because she woke me up and confessed - or maybe she was bragging. I really couldn't tell. I sent her to time out - because she knows she's not allowed to help herself to dessert. Then we had a little talk and she apologized...
Sammie: "I'm sorry mommy"
Me: "I forgive you, honey"
S: "But I was curious!"
M: "Sam, sometimes being curious is wrong."
S: "Well George can be curious all the time He helps himself to food."
M: "George doesn't live in our house. We have different rules than he does. If George lived with us, he would be in time out a LOT!"
S: "Oh. Cuz he bees naughty?"
M: "That's right."
S: "If George lived here we'd have to get bunkbeds!"
And the conversation went on from there. It just amazes me that at 3 1/2 Sam has such an incredible grasp on negotiating. She knows the rules, but she's started to make excuses for why she does naughty things. It fascinates me that such a little kid could pull such great arguments out of her head. She will definitely keep me on my toes.