1. Get close enough so that it would take two more steps
2. Make the leap in your head
3. Take one long slow step so that you’re at the edge
4. Look over the edge—and turn back
So it’s that you’ve been on edge and back
This is what one particular child I know does. She just loves testing the limits, or more likely, your resolve. Trying perhaps to make sure you’re really really serious about her not playing tablet games when homework is still pending.
Don’t go to the edge if you don’t mean to jump. A rephrase of a Yorùbá proverb that goes something like: “If you don’t mean to taste something, don’t go smelling it.”