The other day we could hear sirens outside. Avery asked what that noise was and not even thinking about it, I jokingly told her that they were coming to get any little girls that hadn't made their beds.
She got this panicked look on her face and RAN upstairs and immediately made her bed. Josh and I had a great laugh over it and forgot about it.
That was 5 days ago.
She has not set foot out of her room since then, without her bed being made. Even when she goes to bed at night, she c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y slides under the covers and freaks out if it gets messed up at all.
She even walks around the house and randomly says, "The cops aren't gonna get me, huh, Momma?" ("No, Avery. The cops aren't going to get you.")
Her sisters have caught on and they threaten it with her now...if I reprimand her for anything (like unbuckling in the car, or not going to bed and staying there), they'll pipe up with a, "Mom's gonna call the cops!" She IMMEDIATELY corrects her behavior and looks panicked until she knows that I'm not really calling them.
I won't threaten her with it, because it just seems wrong to make her scared, but I will admit...it has been nice! Before you judge me, remember that this is the child that did this and this and this and this and this (oh yeah...THAT was a good one!) and this and this and this and this and this...are you seeing a pattern? :)