I was washing dishes the other day and Ali headed towards my office. Since there is a ton of stuff to "get into" in there, I called after her to stay in the kitchen until I got finished.
She stopped for a minute, then kept walking, and I heard her tell herself, "You can go into Mommy's office, if you like."
I called her back and said, "Ali, what did MOMMY tell you to do?"
She looked confused, but obeyed.
I guess you have to learn sometime that just getting "any" permission (such as permission from oneself) doesn't cut it.