Sometimes, we use this to our advantage. Take for example, this scene from last week:
Moppet is doing her 'nangu run' after her evening bath, where she scoots around the house without a stitch on her. She ends up in the study and screams, 'Look, I'm nangu!' expecting her father to get up and do what he usually does - chase her back to her room where I wait with her pyjamas and then join in the epic struggle to get her into them.So now we use this trick off and on, but of late the results have been rather unreliable. Like today, at lunch:
But this time, her father decides to take a different approach. 'Wow!' he says, 'How nice! Don't wear any clothes tonight ok?'
Contrary Mary is instantly up in arms. 'No! I wear clothes!'
Her father senses he's onto a good thing and doesn't back down. 'No, no! No clothes for you!'
'NO, NO, NOOOOOOO! I WEAR CLOTHES!' a screaming Moppet rushes into her room and is in her pyjamas in under 30 seconds.
Mama (spooning a big heap of beans and potato curry onto her plate): Mmm! Nice beans. No beans for Moppet ok?
Moppet: (grinning widely) 'kay! I eat onny ice cream.