Do you want to do what I did? I ask.
No, I don't.
(we've had this conversation before she knows exactly what I mean!)
It's just some of the girls in my class have their ears pierced and I want them-
Well, I'll have to think it over. Are you sure you don't want to stop sucking your thumb first?
No, mom, I don't. I just want them pierced.
I thought it would be motivation enough for her to stop sucking her thumb
to do something as grown up as getting her ears pierced-
Just like I did at her age.