Things are pret-thank you ugly this morning with difficult child 1. I'll post more later, but so far he's carved an X in his door, slammed it innumerable times, pounded on the lock to the door to the garage with a hammer, thrown food and paper scraps, toys and clothing all over the floor where I was vacuuming, stolen my phone and car keys, tried to climb out the bathroom window, thrown a brick in the yard while difficult child 2 was standing nearby (we were both a little nervous about that), and has now taken off down the hill walking. All because I won't let him play an online computer game until he puts in an hour of homework on two assignments that are already several weeks late, and that his teacher agreed to give him until January 5th to turn in. He and I agreed last night that he would get the work done by Monday so that he could have the rest of the break with no commitments to worry about. Now he says he never agreed and that I changed the rules and lied. And of course, he refused his medications this morning, until I finally went nuclear on him and intimidated him into taking them. He should be back once his medications start working... I'd say within the hour. Why, why, why does this have to be so hard? I think it's time to go back to the therapist for some better strategies for me in dealing with him when he gets like this. He just pushes my buttons and I get so enraged at him -- I did better today than earlier this week, but I just don't like these types of angry, belligerent exchanges.