I have to give her credit, that girl.
When you have kids, there seems are divisions amongst the parents. There's the 'By the book' group, who do everything au courant child-rearing book says to do in order to raise the uber-kid; there's the 'My Dr says' group, who will only do what their pediatrician tells them; the 'no sugar, no additive, only free-range organic anything will cross my child's lips' group (no m&m's allowed here, not until your kid sneaks them one, and they go off like a rocket) ; and the 'listen to your baby/kid' group, where you kind of go with the flow of what may fall in your lap that day, dropping everything for little Timmy's nap, or mealtime, or whatever.
And then there's the rest of us, the 'sleep deprived, been at this for a while, I know that if I give her back the binky after it falls on the floor she's not gonna die, I'll give you a lollipop if you stop pulling your brother's hair, just get me through the day' group. We try hard. We mean well. Whatever it takes, I always say. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't; sometimes, Mommy is the one in time-out.
I think everyone kind of surfs all the groups anyway. Whether you read about it, or talk to other parents about it, eventually you might get a different take on the situation at hand.
And then there's the times that the kid comes up with the solution all on their own.
Today, for instance. I'm going on about Audrey's aim and the toilet, when du-uh the answer was right in front of my face. I was using one of those padded little toilet seats on top of the toilet for her to sit on. She announced to me earlier this evening that she doesn't need it. That the little seat "makes me make a mess." And I helped her hop right up onto the toilet, she did her thing, and I didn't have to dodge or clean anything. "I'm a big girl," she says, "I don't pee on my Pony panties."
Guess I now belong in the 'my kid is smarter than me' group...at least for the time being.
I'm just glad that the IQ points I sacrificed while I was pregnant and the ones that have escaped via sleep deprivation are going to good use.