Toddlers, preschoolers and I am sure older children (though I haven't experienced this first hand myself yet) seem to have their own set of rules. It doesn't matter how many times you tell them not to do something, how many time outs they are put in, there are just certain things they seemed to be programed to do.
1. I've already talked about the need to go absolutely insane when mom is on the phone. They can't help it.
2. Make as much noise as humanly possible *just* as the baby is going to sleep, causing her to wake up suddenly realizing that she was almost trapped into napping with even more determination not to sleep.
3. Really really need your help with something as soon as you get in the shower/go to the bathroom/start doing the dishes/changing a diaper. It doesn't matter what it is, the second you are busy doing something else that is sort of hard to stop in the middle of, they need full attention.
4. After being put to bed remember that they need a drink, and to go to the bathroom, and that you told them you would play Candyland 6 hours ago and then never got around to it because we watched a movie instead, and need a book, and the nightlight on, and the hall light off, no wait on, and for you to go find their stuffed animal that they haven't slept with in 3 weeks but suddenly remembered that they used to, and they liked that. No matter how much you try and take care of all of these things BEFORE getting into bed, 10 more will pop up once the door closes and you have sat down to relax.
5. Cereal must be spilled. It is really a shame to waste all of that milk on just a bowl, the table and the floor need some too.
6. I am convinced clean playrooms (or really any room) are like child torture. Rooms cannot stay clean for more than an hour before someone just has to go nuts and dump something out just for the hell of it.