Last night while I was making dinner, Nathan was sitting behind me on the floor. I turned around to see what he was doing, and he was sitting there coloring all over the floor with blue crayon! I put him in his room and let him cry a minute. Then I went and got him out and forced him to clean it up. I gave him a kleenex and had him scrub and scrub and scrub. Every time he would look up at me or say he was done, I would tell him that he is the one who wrote on the floor, so he is the one who was going to clean it up. Then I would follow it up with "KEEP SCRUBBING!" It kind of made me laugh because he would then look up and say "I AM!!" Here he is, trying to clean the floor.
Then, this morning when I got up I could hear Athena and Samantha playing around. They are supposed to get up and get dressed for school. I took my shower and when I came out, they hadn't been playing around at all. They were in the kitchen. They had set out the bowls, spoons, cereal, and milk. They had their CD player in the kitchen with music playing. They were also dressed and ready for school. I thought it was so cute that they thought to do all that! I had to tell them over and over again how happy I was with them.
That shows me that kids really are good inside, and possibly they don't do all the frustrating things on purpose just to bug you, but maybe they are just kids who are learning and trying their best. :)