Joelle is deep into pretending right now, which is great for me because I have a ton of pretend treats and rewards that I keep handy in order to get her to do the things she doesn't want to do.
Oh, you don't want to come downstairs? Maybe this pretend cupcake could change your mind. Mmmm... It's soooo good. [Dip my finger into the pretend frosting and taste it]
What's that? You don't want to take a bath? But these pretend dolphins will be so lonely. [Turn to the bathtub and make a sad face]
But Joelle, if we don't put ponytails in your hair what will this pretend baby bird perch itself on? [Pull pretend baby bird from my pocket]
This phase probably won't last long, but for the time being, I'm loving it. Now, if only this worked for the other people in my life.