Today I caught Peter climbing onto one of the side tables in our living room. I grabbed him down and explained that he shouldn't stand on tables because he would fall off and hurt himself.
Before I knew it, he was back on the table watching for me to catch him. I was on the opposite side of the room and called for him to get down before he falls, JUST as he slipped off.
He cried for a minute and when he calmed down the following conversation took place.
Me - Peter when mommy tells you you shouldn't do something it is for your safety. Do you understand?
Peter - Understand. Sorry mommy.
Me - OK, but remember next time that your mommy is pretty smart, and she knows what she is talking about.
Peter - Yeah, mommy, you so pretty.
He gets his cheesey comments from his father.