Gertie made a big breakthrough in Gertie-world today. She worked out that she could simply go to the kitchen cupboard, open the door, and help herself to the expensive Belgian chocolates nestling in there, specifically for grown-ups. Easy.
She has gone to bed now, probably kicking herself for not thinking of it before, and just a little bit wiser to the ways of the world.
And it strikes me that plenty of my parenting relies on her simply doing what she is told. I think I am going to have to up my game.