This is minor if difficult child-land, but, I can't tell you how much better I feel to feel like I'm beginning to take back the house. difficult child got a $60.00 Wal-mart gift card from school JUST for taking the proficiencies. Yep. A gift card just for taking a test that is required by law that she take. (And we wonder why kids have a sense of entitlement. Ahem.) It came in the mail this week. difficult child came to me a few minutes ago and said she needed some new earrings. She has a pair of stud earrings that she sleeps in and I can't remember if they're supposed to be black or silver, but now they're one of each. I told her that when we go to spend her gift card she can get some then. Well, no, because she wants to get minutes for her Tracfone and she wants a Sims game and she won't have enough if she gets the earrings, too. She is not happy with me. She stomped off, but did stop short of slamming her door, when I told her that I guess she'd have to decide how much she wants the earrings. This seems minor. But in recent months, I would have caved and told her that I would buy her another pair of earrings (on top of the 5 or 6 pairs she's gotten in the last month) because I would have wanted to avoid a battle. I must have had the mom look going on because she really didn't argue too much. She stared at me in disbelief and then stomped off.