When I tell the children not to do something, they often offer me an explanation like it is going to make me totally change my mind and allow them to do whatever it is I’ve just told them to quit.
Me: “Don’t jump on the furniture.”
Elizabeth: “Ryan just wants to get his balloon.”
Me: “Oh, then by all means, jump up and down on our living room furniture and risk furniture damage and head injuries.”
I think it’s a logical reason to them so they expect me to immediately agree with them.