...that make you absolutely lose your mind? We can deal with rages, we can deal with meltdown, we can deal with objects whizzing past us, we can deal with property damage, name calling, cursing, and panic attacks - or we at least pretend to - but the little things??? Those little things are driving me insane. Like....difficult child cannot turn off a light. Ever. But, if I'm watching tv and get up to do something in the kitchen and get distracted, difficult child walks in and says, "Why is the tv on?!" Or (like just now while typing this), "MOM!" "What?" "You didn't put the pillow back up behind the entertainment system." (In the spare room where the rats play.) "difficult child, I was back there unhooking the modem and router, and all associated cables for YOU. They're your rats. It's your responsibility to put it back up." "Well, I didn't think about it." "Well, neither did I." Yet, it is still my fault. Then, to continue, "Now Jynx is back there." "He'll come out all on his own." "No, he won't. He'll start to and as soon as I reach for him, he'll run back in." "difficult child if you sit there *patiently* and wait for him to come out, he will." ARGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!! I was also interrupted yesterday so I could capture Jynx from behind there because "he won't come out and he'll stay back there forever", and all I did was sit there patiently and wait for him to come out. It took all of 2 minutes. I pick him up, put him away from the entertainment system, then proceed to take allergy medications because just picking him up made me break out in hives. Or, 5 minutes before I typed this: "When are you going to call difficult child 2?" "Not tonight." "Well, when?" "When I have the energy to deal with him." "Well, this needs to be done." "difficult child, he has agreed to come do this for us 5 times and he hasn't shown. I don't feel like trying to nail him down again tonight." "Well, someone needs to make him." "Let me know how that works out for you." STOMP. STOMP. STOMP. "Mom, you left your soda can in the living room." "difficult child, you have half of my dishes (and I have 3 sets) in your room." Elephants come barging in big and loud, then they leave. Those ants come in and keep coming, and stay. The ants will get you every time, not the elephants. I wonder if ant repellant will help. She'd probably get mad if I tried to spray her with it.