This week just went to hell in a handbasket. difficult child missed the bus three days in a row and the principal had to pick her up each day. easy child/difficult child is getting three F's due to lying to me about completing his homework. To top it all off, my very own mother texted me this morning calling me an incompetent parent. I have had enough. What set her off is finding out I gave easy child back his Playstation last night. The reason why I broke down and let him play video games last night is because he made up a ton of work at home. I figured he earned it back after several days of him not having it. My mom now tells me my kids have no discipline and I'm too incompetent to care for them. The principal at difficult child's school agrees with my mom. My mom called her this morning after she found out difficult child missed the bus yet again. The principal told my mom it's obvious I have no structure in my home and it's sad. I feel like everybody's ganging up on me. Being a single parent is tough, but doing it with two difficult children is even harder. I am doing my best holding down a full time job and parenting my teenage kids. I think that in itself is a pretty good accomplishment. Too bad I'm not getting any credit. Work has been stressful as well. The beginning of the year always is. My boss is giving me a bunch of names of students who are already habitually truant two weeks into the school year and I have to call all their parents. I hate this part of my job. Once we get further into the school year it will be less stressful. That's when my bosses get too tired and too lazy to keep up with the truancies. I can't wait for that day to come. Right now I feel like I'm barely hanging by a thread but I'm still surviving yet not getting any recognition for it.