They kids started spring break today. Before 9:00 am I had to break up the first fight. I put both of the kids in their rooms and warned them that they had better cool their jets or else they would be spending the entire break sitting on their beds doing absolutely nothing. After difficult child calmed down a little he came down to talk to me and tell me he was sorry, but, of course, gave me this whole lecture about how it wasn't his fault. I very calmly told him that I was listening to the whole thing, and while I agree with him that easy child threw the first punch, it was difficult child antagonizing him that started it. If he had just kept his mouth closed easy child would not have gotten angry at him, and I told difficult child that he was bothering his brother on purpose to annoy him (which he actually admitted to) and I told him that I think that he did it because he knew it would bother his brother to the point that easy child would fight with him and then difficult child vould hit him back and claim that easy child started it. If he hasn't been so mean to easy child nothing would have happened. His reply is that he is a mean person and it's all MY fault. If I wasn't such mean mother he would be a nicer person. Lord, please give me strength!