My almost 2-year-old toddler enjoys falling on her knees (purposely) and then saying "ouch" with a big smile on her face.
I didn't think much of it when she used to do it on a carpet, but now, she has started doing it on concrete/driveways/etc. This has resulted in some scraped knees and loud crying (but that doesn't seem to stop her). I am also generally concerned about the well being of her knees.
I've asked her repeatedly to not do that ("no Grace, Grace get an ouch") but she seems to associate "ouch" with a good thing. (I have no idea why.) We usually do not cuddle her after she hurts herself, but we did always say "ouch!" So we gave her attention. We started ignoring her when she hurts herself 6 months ago, but that doesn't seem to be changing her actions.
How do I get her to recognize that hurting herself...is not a good thing?