Five year old grandson started the school year living with me. He was 5 on June 1. Had speech delays and seems not overly brilliant (older sister went to gifted class immediately upon entering kindergarten) but maybe low average. Went to HeadStart 1 year and PAALS two years. Has a speech pathologist and has an IEP for speech and for PE and I'm not sure what else. I thought I had talked mom and dad into having him to to PAALS another year and save real school for next year but at the last minute they decided to send him to kindergarten. Sis stayed with me last year for kindergarten school year for several reasons so this one wanted to do the same. I know he is going to need LOTS of help so I agreed. So far (he's had 7 days of school starting today) he's kicked the teacher, called her bad names, tried to hit her, and yesterday tried to cut her face with scissors. He is a cute kid and not like that at home but he sounds impossible at school. Mom has a meeting today to talk to them. I've pretty much told them that if this behavior continues he's not going to stay with me. Maybe that sounds mean but I'll be 64 in December, I raised my 2 difficult children, and I'm too old to start on another one. Dad is my difficult child#2 - also not a good student and still not an all-round nice person. Mom does the best she can but was raised as "white trash" (I don't mean to put anybody down but that is the closeset I can come to describing her upbringing without writing volumes). She has decided that since they used to beat the stuffing out of her on a regular basis, she will not raise a hand to her kids. I guess it's good she's gone that way instead of repeating history but there's not much discipline there of any kind. I was upset about 3 or 4 other things before this all was brought to my attention by a note home from school yesterday. That may be the straw that broke the camel's back. I've had it with the whole bunch of them. Wish I could move and leave no forwarding address.