Finally in no unclear terms I told difficult child that I will call the police if he hits me one more time. It was very clearly an I'm not kidding tone, one that surprised even me. Now the follow through. Wish me luck. It has been two days of coming home from school and his hitting me like crazy over the plans of the day. yesterday I could understand... he had no idea he was going to the counselor, and he had made plans. But the hitting/punching/slapping hurts! Today he was very clear on the plans but when we went to them he said he wanted to do something else and proceeded to hit me. I waited it out, locked in my room with ddd while he tried to knock down the door, and undo the lock with a screwdriver. Finally he said he would go. We went down to the car. He fought over the seat he would sit in, aruged about the junk in the seat. Would not close the door and then honked the horn over my shoulder. When he undid the seatbelt as we were driving through the neighborhood I told him as we turned around to go home that if he hit me once more I would call the police. I told him I didnt' know what they would do, but they would try to protect me. He said, "but you said you love me." I said "I do and this is how I have to show it. By taking care of you and keeping people safe", (or something similar). He got home and said " I am leaving don't be surprised if I don't come back". I called a neigbor to let me know if she sees him and she called saying she saw him going fishing with a troubled friend that difficult child cannot play with anywhere but our house. Oh well. I know he'll be back. But now the call is going to have to be made. Ughhh. Give me strength.