If Molly stays in her room all night she gets to play video games the next day while Heidi takes a nap. Molly loves to play the Nick Jr. games and the threat of no games helps a lot at night time.
A few days ago Molly earned game time but Heidi took a late nap and we were about to have friends come over. I tried to tell her she'd have to play later, since it's not nice to play video games by yourself when friends are visiting.
this photo fits her personality just about perfectly
Molly: "But last time these guys came over I got to play video games."
(This is true, I just didn't realize she was playing games while the friends played in the playroom.)
Laurie: "Sorry Molls, that's the rule. No video games right now. You can do it later."
M: "Awww!" (She stomped her feet and walked out of room realizing she'd been foiled.)
A few minutes later Molly came back to talk to me.
M: "OK Mom, here's the deal: (She really uses that phrase, which cracks me up!) Last time I did play video games when they were here. I don't play games when they are here today but I do next time they are here. Then (holding up her hand and counting on her fingers) I don't the time after that but I do the time after that! See Mom, it's a pattern."
L: (Smart kid, I thought, but I'm not giving in.) "Hummm. Try this pattern." ( Now holding up my hand and counting on my fingers.) "Last time was a yes, this time is a no, then another no, no, and no."
M: (Rolls her eyes) "You don't know how patterns work."
She just turned FOUR. I am in for a fun ride.