WTH? difficult child has been so awful lately. I took away the TV cord because he was so rude the other day, and told him that he has to finish his soc studies project over Christmas break. It was broken into 4 parts, and he only did one of the first 3, and now has to do the final part, which is word definitions, using the words in sentences, and putting pics with-ea one, then putting them in a folder. Big deal. Well, to him, it is and between anxiety, laziness and obstinacy it's been a battle. He has been refusing to turn off the TV (usually a game, limited to one game because he planned poorly with-his birthday gift money from his grandmother), refusing to get off of his phone, and calling me a b*tch and other names. Last night he shouted at me and followed me around while I tried to wrap Christmas presents for his teachers and I finally broke into tears and went to bed. This a.m., he overslept, then listened to music with-ear phones so he couldn't hear me and deliberately missed the bus. "We don't have to go today." "I didn't get a recording on the machine or an email. You are going." "All they're doing it making gingerbread houses and I'm allergic." OMG. So negative. Then, "I'm not bringing in that bag." (Gifts for the teachers.) As he got out of the car, I told him to bring in the bag or he'd be grounded from the TV cord until we get home from Calif. "I'm not going to California!" Oh, yeah, he says he's afraid of flying, and he hates being with-his cousins. Could he be any more negative? I am so sick of this. Ho ho ho. Thanks for listening.