"It's cause I'm a teenager now, mom" as an excuse for every dumb or outright defiant behavior out of your difficult child? kt has been using this statement since she turned 13 - like it gives her a free pass on all of her antics. Yeah - right. Doesn't cut it with me! What about all those defiant behaviors before you became a teeenager, kt? "I was just a stupid kid, then." So, now she's an informed but stupid defiant teenager? Is that any better? The whole attitude makes me cringe. by the way, as a small aside - it looks as thought the incident that occurred at respite this past weekend will be investigated. The police will be collecting kt's cell phone as evidence at CPS's requiest, as there were 2 pictures found on it with date/time stamps that indicate that staff should have been supervising these girls. Thank goodness, husband & I never allowed text messaging or internet access to kt's phone. In the meantime, the fallout has been swinging between very subdued & baby like behaviors or very defiant mature - "I know what I'm doing, mom" attitudes. Been quite the spring break here in tweedle land.