Kids Learn the Hard Way
Princess P went up the stairs, and Princess P went down the stairs. Each time down the stairs, she was instructed to hold onto the railing. Almost every time, she resisted, claiming she was an expert at balancing, railings were for sissies, and her way was faster and better (at least that's what I heard).
Then, on that fateful trip, it happened. Thump-a-thump... and she was down. Shrieking and cries for mommy were soon follow. Thanks to grandma's quick reaction time, Princess P only tumbled 3 or 4 steps, but the lesson was learned. Railings are bolted securely to the wall to assist in going up and down the stairs. If properly used, they will prevent devastating tumbles.
It was a lesson that was learned the hard way, but from now on, Princess P will (hopefully) use the railing.
Parents Do Too
Sometimes as a parent, I try to make my kids into what I think they should be, and force them to fit into a box. One of the main problems with this approach is that I am something that no one else in my family is... a male. While this can be an advantage, often my suggestions to 'shake it off,' or 'rub some dirt on it,' often fall on deaf ears.
I've learned (but don't always remember) the hard way that girls are wired a bit differently.