All 3 of these things came into play for Les tonight over supper. Malia was being stubborn (surprise, surprise) and he wasn't going to let her win.
We have a rule at home that if you don't pray before a meal, you don't get to eat. Well, that's the rule with Joelle anyway. With Malia -- since she can't say all the words to the prayer -- she has to at least say "Amen."
Well, tonight for some reason she just flat-out refused to say "Amen." And when little miss Malia gets an idea in her had, it's hard to convince her otherwise.
But Les stuck with it and after about 1/2 an hour of taking her to her room and bringing her back to try again she finally said "Amen."
Talk about patience and perseverence!