This post is brought to you courtesy of the Little Miss, who demonstrated the process this very evening to a small audience. I am merely passing along her methods, which, I should add, are frighteningly effective. Credit where credit is due.
Step 1. Begin nonchalantly. Stand up on your mom and dad’s bed.
Step 2. Release your stored up energy. Jump around on mom and dad’s bed, until mom says, “It’s time to relax, no jumping.”
Step 3. Demonstrate your independence. Continue to jump anyway until mom say, “If you don’t listen you’ll have to go into your own bed.”
Step 4. Call the bluff. Live for the moment. Do it again.
Step 5. Marvel at how quickly your are transported to your own bed.
Step 6. Play along. Lay down quietly, feigning sleep.
Step 7. Wait five minutes.
Step 8. Start yelling for mommy. Throw in a few screams. Turn on the waterworks.
Step 9. When daddy asks why you are crying, say, “I want mommy pick me up.”
Step 10. Surprise your opponent. When daddy says, “You can’t sleep in our bed, you have to sleep in here,” you say in your charming, voluble, 21-month-old voice, “I be good girl!”
Step 11. Puppy-eyes for effect.
Step 12. Marvel at how quickly you are transported to mommy and daddy’s bed.
Game. Set. Match.